SOMERSET, NJ and CHATSWOOD, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwire - August 10, 2009) - AEP Networks, a leader in secure communications and networking, has opened an office in Australia. Located in Chatswood business district, just north of Sydney CBD, the Australian presence will play a key role in the expansion of the company's partner network in the area, as well as support the increasing number of Australian customers.

Rodney Wilks, Sales Director, will head up the local team. With more than 15 years' experience working in the IT and Telecommunications industry, Wilks will be responsible for fostering existing business relationships and driving new sales in the growing Australian and New Zealand markets.

"AEP Networks -- and Vados Systems, acquired by AEP Networks last year -- have built an extensive partnership network across the Asia Pacific region and we believe expanding our presence to include an Australia operation will enable us to better serve our clients," commented Rodney Wilks, Sales Director, Australia, AEP Networks.

According to analyst group Frost & Sullivan(1), the region's network security market will grow 6.5 percent this year and, amidst pressure to control capital expenditure and stretch every dollar, companies are more likely to deploy the more affordable converged security solutions.

"Australia is a key market for AEP Networks. Our Australian team can give businesses in the area the know-how and support required to successfully adopt converged integrated solutions comprising our secure communications, networking and application access products and enjoy the many cost-reduction and productivity enhancement benefits that our products have to offer," said Pat Donnellan, CEO of AEP Networks.

Known as AEP Networks, Ltd., the address for the new office is Chatswood Village, Suite 55, 47 Neridah Street, Chatswood NSW 2067, Australia. Telephone is +61 2 9413 2282 and fax is +61 2 9413 2285. Wilks can be reached by emailing

About AEP Networks

AEP Networks offers secure communications and networking for government, enterprise and carriers. We work with systems integrators, managed service providers and the distribution channel to deliver integrated solutions incorporating our leading edge products:

--  Enhanced-grade secure voice and multi-service data platforms (based on
    the vadOS operating system) that support a wide range of communications
    protocols and network topologies
--  High assurance networking via IPSec-based VPN encryptors for site-to-
    site security and remote access
--  Secure remote access to networks and applications -- including virtual
    environments -- via application-layer security gateways and SSL VPNs
--  Hardware Security Modules (HSM) for cryptographic key management and

Headquartered in Somerset, New Jersey, AEP Networks has key hub offices in the United Kingdom, Malaysia and Australia. For more information, visit

(1) Source: "APAC firms look to 'affordable' security," ZDNet Asia