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West Coast Labs Hires Scott Markle as Business Development Manager, and Expands U.S. Presence With New Product Test Lab


February 3, 2014 - Cardiff, Wales And Newport Beach, CA

West Coast Labs, part of the Haymarket Media Group and a global leader in research, testing, certification, and real-time performance validation for information security products and services, today announced the appointment of Scott Markle as Business Development Manager. West Coast Labs also opened a new product test facility in Newport Beach, Calif.

Markle, based on the West Coast, has more than 20 years' experience in the computer security testing industry. As business development manager, he will serve the information security vendor and enterprise user audiences by providing strategic business and technical consulting services, and will work with test teams at the company's four market-leading technology and testing facilities to ensure up-to-date testing regimes that reflect real-world environments.

"We pride ourselves on maintaining an extensive range of services that help vendors seek validation of functionality and performance, and assisting corporate end-users with information required to make informed purchase decisions," said Simon Lees, director - information security, Haymarket Business Media. "Having Scott on board is key to ensuring our clients receive the highest level of product testing and certification in the industry -- testing that accurately reflects what is happening in real-time in the ever-changing world of IT security. This is core to our testing regimes and methodologies and what sets us apart from other test labs."

Markle has spent the majority of his career working in the information security industry with vendors and enterprise end users, and in product testing. He has extensive knowledge of the strategic application of information security products at the enterprise level and deep technical understanding of security products. This expertise in information security technology coupled with a familiarity of the evolving threat landscape makes him uniquely qualified to work one-on-one with existing and new test clients. His insight and experience will also complement his work with test lab staff in the company's four test lab facilities to ensure delivery of up-to-date research and unrivaled product testing and certification.

Vendors and End Users Rely Upon Testing
Leading global brands use West Coast Labs' services to create market advantage, and medium and large business enterprises turn to West Coast Labs to obtain crucial technical insight into product performance. Building upon its tests and research among its worldwide client base, West Coast Labs is a proven conduit for enabling vendors to deliver sound, meaningful product information to the global market of information security buyers and decision-makers.

West Coast Labs offers complete product testing aimed at objectively validating performance and effectiveness of information security technology solutions. In early January, West Coast Lab opened the doors to its newest US testing facility in Newport Beach, Calif. The bigger space allows West Coast Labs to conduct a greater number of group and custom tests at any given time, and to support the testing efforts being conducted in the company's other labs. The new lab has resources for robust product testing, acting as an independent site capable of undertaking extensive testing and competitive analysis programs within its own environment.

West Coast Labs' product testing services include:

  • Functionality and performance validation
  • Product development and BETA testing
  • Evaluation of key technology differentiators
  • Competitive analysis
  • The Checkmark Certification System
  • Claims Testing - Government Performance Accreditation System

About West Coast Labs Checkmark Certification
Checkmark is one of the world's leading certification systems for information security products and services. This highly regarded accreditation program provides a level of assurance across a wide range of technologies that products and services perform to industry accepted standards.

About West Coast Labs
Part of the Haymarket Media Group, West Coast Labs is a global leader in technical research, testing and the Checkmark Certification of information security products and services. With market-leading technology and testing facilities accredited to ISO17025 in the UK, USA, India, and Beijing, China, West Coast Labs' services and the Checkmark Certification System are used by the leading global brands to create market advantage and by large business enterprises for obtaining crucial technical insight into product performance.

For more information, contact
Lauren Curley
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617.529.6463

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