Netbox Blue

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Netbox Blue Pty Ltd.
Privately held company
Industry Network security
Founded 1999
Headquarters Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Key people
Chairman: John Fison
CTO: Bernd Jerzyna
Products 6S Technology, Next Generation Firewall, Secure Web Gateway and Proxy, Unified Threat Management, Endpoint Management, URL Web Filtering, Load Balancing and Link Failover, Identity Management, Internet Acceleration.
Number of employees
40 (2012)

Netbox Blue Pty Ltd, now Cyberhound Pty Ltd as of November 2015, is an Australian-owned provider of internet and email security, filtering and management solutions. The company currently has a staff of 40 and has clients in more than 20 countries around the world. Netbox Blue was founded in Brisbane by John Oxnam, Justin Cooke and Trent Davis in 1999. It is privately held company with its head office in Spring Hill, Queensland, Australia, and branch offices in Sydney, Melbourne, and London.

Netbox Blue provides products for internet compliance, management and security. Their products include applications that report inappropriate communications in social media, using pattern matching technology.



John Fison - co-founder of Keltec (IT company)- became chairman of Netbox Blue in 2006 and is a director and major shareholder of the company. Fison won several awards in the UK for growth[citation needed] and was an Ernst and Young "Young Entrepreneur of the Year" winner in 2001[1] . He was subsequently selected as a judge for this program in the UK and more recently in Australia.[citation needed] Fison is one of the first UK Chartered Directors[citation needed] and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors[citation needed]

Chief Technology Officer[edit]

Trent Davis is the founder of Netbox Blue and is now the chief architect and head of development.[citation needed] In 2005 Davis was a winner of the Ernst & Young “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” award[2] and was recognized as one of FHM's Most Influential Australians under the age of 30.[citation needed] In 2005 Trent Davis was interviewed by the ABC.[3]

In January 2016, Bloomberg acquired some IP and assets of Netbox Blue for Bloomberg Vault to monitor social media. Trent Davis now works for Bloomberg.[4]

Since 2016, Bernd Jerzyna is now CTO.


Social Media Management[edit]

Netbox Blue's SafeChat helps schools, businesses, government and not-for-profit organisations embrace social media. The award-winning technology helps to identify the victims of cyberbullying. A recent Netbox Blue news item provides further information on cyberbullying in schools. SafeChat provides a means of ensuring applications like Facebook, Windows Messenger and Twitter can be used positively, flexibly and securely. SafeChat can be deployed on all Netbox models and provides protection wherever laptops are connected to the internet via the BIC agent. Communications can be blocked, appended, reported or be sent for authorisation before posting.

Solutions for Schools[edit]

In 2008 Netbox Blue launched an internet and email filtering appliance specifically for the education sector.[5] The solution offers cyberbullying protection, patented category web filtering, spam filtering, virus protection, internet quota management and a firewall. The product is used by schools across Australia and the world.[6]

Strategic Alliances[edit]


In late 2006, Netbox Blue formed an alliance with the IT corporation IBM, and subsequently became one of the first IBM Express Advantage Partners in Australasia.[7]

Canon ITS Japan[edit]

In April 2008 Global IT vendor Canon IT Solutions (ITS) Japan signed a multimillion-dollar master distribution agreement with Netbox Blue.[8] Netbox Blue agreed to provide its SpamChecker appliance - as it is known in Japan - to Canon ITS Japan’s customers for email filtering and content control. The drop-in appliance was the result of nine months of co-development between Netbox Blue and Canon Japan and is specifically designed for the SME market in Japan.


Netbox Blue further expanded its security offerings with a strategic partnership with anti-virus software provider ESET.[9] The partnership offered customers ESET NOD32 Antivirus as an option in Netbox Blue’s line of UTM and virtualised security products. As a result of the union, small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) also have access to Netbox Blue’s integrated security and management suite and full line of localised security appliances through ESET’s network of partners.

EdgeWave USA[edit]

In June 2012, Netbox Blue has announced a licensing agreement with EdgeWave, Inc. The deal enables EdgeWave to provide its customers with Netbox Blue’s award winning social media management technology, SafeChat®. (more)

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