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Inaugural Magic Quadrant establishes marketplace

FOSTER CITY, Calif., June 13, 2007 – FaceTime Communications, the leading provider of solutions for securing and managing IM, P2P and Web-based greynets in the enterprise, today announced that Gartner has placed FaceTime in the Visionaries Quadrant for the secure Web gateway market . The Gartner Magic Quadrant provides guidance for organizations that are seeking to purchase, replace or upgrade their Web security solutions.

Gartner defines the new secure Web gateway market as “a solution that filters unwanted software/malware from user-initiated Web/Internet traffic and enforces corporate and regulatory policy compliance.” Peter Firstbrook, Arabella Hallawell and Lawrence Orans introduced the new secure Web gateway category in March 2007, noting that enterprises increasingly demand an all-inclusive secure Web gateway solution to protect Web-connected PCs from infection, and to enforce compliance requirements.

Several factors are driving the market for secure Web gateways, according to FaceTime. Real-time consumer applications such as IM, Web conferencing and P2P file sharing applications are making the transition to the workplace, while at the same time organizations are under stricter scrutiny regarding electronically stored information (ESI). According to new Federal Rules for Civil Procedure that went into effect on Dec. 1, 2006, all electronically stored information is now discoverable in a litigious event.

Whereas traditional Web filtering is necessary for all enterprise networks, it is not sufficient for securing the new Internet. For IT and Security managers, combining security and compliance for real-time applications with more traditional Web filtering solutions results in lower total cost of ownership. With a single security and compliance solution, all communications using the Web gateway can be secured against inbound threats, protected from outbound information leakage and regulatory and corporate compliance can be insured.

“We believe Gartner’s recognition of the Secure Web gateway market acknowledges that the Internet has, in fact, changed, and will encourage enterprises to think about managing this new class of Internet application,” said Kailash Ambwani, president and CEO of FaceTime Communications. “Today’s workforce uses the internet for more than email and Web browsing. Enterprise IT departments are seeing that URL filtering isn’t sufficient for the new real-time internet. They need to detect, manage and secure the networked applications that make their workforce more productive.”
About the Magic Quadrant
The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2007 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
About FaceTime Communications
FaceTime enables the safe and productive use of greynets like instant messaging, Skype, web conferencing and P2P file sharing. Ranked number one in market share among instant messaging management vendors for the third consecutive year, FaceTime's award-winning solutions are used by more than 800 customers including nine of the ten largest U.S. banks. FaceTime Security Labs delivers the industry's first IMPact Index, which assesses "point-in-time" risks posed by viruses, worms and other malware propagating through greynet applications. FaceTime supports or has strategic partnerships with all leading public and private IM network providers, including AOL, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Skype, IBM, Reuters, and Jabber.
FaceTime is headquartered in Foster City, California. For more information visit http://www.facetime.com or call 888-349-FACE.

More information:
Sarah Carter, FaceTime Communications EMEA
+44 (0) 7970 729068
scarter@facetime.com

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