news_VASCO expands training capacity with new authorized training centers

April 2, 2009

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Illinois and ZURICH, Switzerland – April 2, 2009 - VASCO Data Security International, Inc. (Nasdaq: VDSI) (, a leading software security company specialising in authentication products, is expanding its training capacity with new authorized training centers: Itway in Italy, Wick Hill in the UK, Syntra West in Belgium and SEC Datacom in Denmark. The VASCO Authorized Training Centers are part of VASCO’s Security Experts Academy & eLearning (SEAL) which was launched in October 2008. The objective of SEAL is to keep security experts up-to-date on the latest trends in IT-security, related technology, authentication and VASCO solutions. VASCO SEAL comprises classroom training, e-learning modules, a certification program for partners, distributor & resellers and the VASCO school for young graduates interested in a career in information security.

Recently, VASCO signed a distribution agreement with Itway which became the first authorized training center in Italy. Itway Italy will focus on providing training for VACMAN® Middleware. VACMAN Middleware is a software suite for organizations looking for authentication to allow remote users to access the enterprise network and applications.

SEC Datacom is Denmark’s leading value added distributor in the fields of IT Security, networks and industry data communication. The company ensures a high level of industry trough their Technical Competence Center.

In the UK, award-winning Wick Hill is a leading value added distributor, specializing in security. Wick Hill is well known for the quality of its extensive range of sales and technical courses for resellers.
Both Wickhill and SEC Datacom were previously authorized training centers for VACMAN Middleware but will now also provide IDENTIKEY® trainings.

SYNTRA West is part of the Belgian SYNTRA training center network, a government subsidized training organization. SYNTRA West coordinates IT Professional related trainings in the SYNTRA network and has incorporated aXs GUARD Gatekeeper training into its curriculum as there is a growing demand from Belgian SMEs for trained system administrators. aXs GUARD Gatekeeper is a modular communications solution acting as a gateway between your company LAN and the Internet. It integrates DIGIPASS® two factor user authentication to which optional modules such as VPN, firewall, anti-virus and anti-spam can be added to turn it into a comprehensive security solution.

“VASCO is proud to announce new authorized training centers”, says Jan Valcke, President and COO at VASCO Data Security. “With the continuous threat of online and network attacks, it is our duty to safeguard our customers. Offering adequate training and education about the latest risks is part of our job. The saying, a forewarned is forearmed, definitely applies to information security. We are therefore very glad that we can increase our training bandwidth through our partners.”

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About Itway -
Itway was founded in 1996 in Ravenna, it is quoted on the Italian Stock Exchange since 4 July 2001 (segment Allstar), and is active in the field of Information Technology through design, production and distribution of e – business solutions. Itway operates as a Value Added Distributor (VAD) for e-business software in Italy, France, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Turkey and leader in Italian market. Itway customers are system integrators and value added resellers. Its product portfolio consists of: Arkoon Network Security, Check Point, Citrix, Fortinet, IBM Internet Security Systems, McAfee, Nokia, Novell, Oracle, PineApp, Red Hat, SonicWALL, Stonesoft, SUN Microsystems, Symantec, Trend Micro, VMware, Websense. Through its business subsidiary Itway Group also operates in the following market segments: consultancy services for e-business, distribution and integration of products and security services into information systems (e-security).

About SYNTRA West
Syntra West offers courses in twenty different sectors, both in day and evening classes, with six campuses spread across West-Flanders. Syntra West mostly educates employees, executives and managers from the SME market, but organizations from the social profit sector and government agencies rely also on Syntra West’s broad expertise.
The institute was established in 1960 under the name Training Institute for SME. Since 2002, it is named Syntra West. In March 2005 Syntra West acquired ISO certification for its entire organization. In more than 45 years, Syntra West became a freelance organization with 2000 freelance teachers, 200 permanent employees and 55,000 students per year.

For more information contact: [email protected] +32 50 70.28.00,

About SEC Datacom
SEC Datacom is Denmark's leading value-added distributor in the fields of IT security, storage, networks, telephony, wireless solutions and industrial data communication. SEC DataCom distributes products and solutions for Voice, Data Communication and IT Security and has partnered up with market leading manufacturers in the fields of LAN, WAN, Internet Security and Voice solutions to provide custom made solutions. The company sells exclusively to dealers, and collaborates with an extensive and competent network of certified business partners in the Nordics. SEC Datacom’s mission is to help its business partners extend and develop their business based on SEC Datacom’s value added services. The company employs around 40 people, who loyally support and contribute to the development of its partners' business through competent and efficient work.

About Wick Hill
Established in 1976, international value added distributor Wick Hill specializes in secure IT infrastructure solutions. The company's portfolio covers security, performance, access, services and management. Wick Hill sources and delivers best-of-breed, easy-to-use solutions through its channel partners, providing customer support, implementation, technical services and authorized training courses.

Wick Hill works closely with vendors and its portfolio includes solutions from leading names such as Check Point, WatchGuard, VASCO, Allot, Kaspersky Lab, Utimaco, Finjan, 8e6 Technologies and Barracuda. Solutions include a range of options for preventing data leakage, firewalls, VPNs, UTM appliances, intrusion prevention, anti-virus, anti-spam, encryption, authentication, traffic management and connectivity.

Wick Hill's approach is based on solutions with real business benefits, which are secure, reliable, easy-to-use and easy-to-install. A strong commitment to customer service and technical support is a fundamental part of company policy. Wick Hill Ltd is part of Wick Hill Group, based in Woking, Surrey with sister offices in Hamburg.
Users of products sourced through Wick Hill include most of the Times Top 1000 companies.


VASCO is a leading supplier of strong authentication and e-signature solutions and services specializing in Internet Security applications and transactions. VASCO has positioned itself as global software company for Internet Security serving a customer base of over 8,000 companies in more than 100 countries, including more than 1,200 international financial institutions. VASCO’s prime markets are the financial sector, enterprise security, e-commerce and e-government.

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Reference is made to the Company's public filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for further information regarding the Company and its operations.

This document may contain trademarks of VASCO Data Security International, Inc. and its subsidiaries, which include VASCO, the VASCO “V” design, DIGIPASS, VACMAN, aXs GUARD and IDENTIKEY.

For more information contact:
Jochem Binst, +32 2 609 97 00, [email protected]