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March 23th, 2001, Yorkshire, UK - "The Virus Defence Bureau", UK resellers of InVircible, is to re-sell Active Net Steward™ for Security Designers in the UK.

Active Net Steward™, the distributed firewall security solution, was launched in December 2000. It is said to be the first product of its kind to address the ‘Internal threat’ to network and systems security. Active Net Steward™ provides the last line of defence to support firewalls at the perimeter. By populating the internal network with distributed, kernel mode firewalls on all servers, desktop and portable machines Active Net Steward™ provides blanket protection as a last line of defence against perimeter breaches AND also against any unwarranted internal behaviour. The last FBI survey quoted as many as 70% of security breaches as being internal rather than external.

The key to this pervasive protection however, is that it is centrally managed in real-time, with full detailed reporting. This gives network managers the tools and evidence they need to implement and enforce policy (such as elements of BS-7799) and simplifies network management.

Extensive network usage information gathered by the product facilitates speedy problem diagnosis and enables improved response to early warnings of declining network health. There is no need for any additional hardware or network reorganisation.

"The training and support that Security Designers is offering is superb. At last we have a manufacturer who appears genuinely committed to the channel and who are prepared to invest in us, rather than compete with us," comments Christian Rayner, Director of The Virus Defence Bureau. "The product is strong and we already have some promising customer trials underway. We believe that Active Net Steward™ is going to form a major revenue stream for the business," continues Rayner.

Declan Grogan, Managing Director for Security Designers said "We welcome the team at The Virus Defence Bureau on board. The Bureau understands that you don’t just protect the perimeter and that it is often inside where the problems start. For many years the industry has accepted this for viruses but ignored it in the case of access control. Active Net steward changes that."

Comments from other resellers:

"Active Net Steward™ is the perfect addition to any organisation's network security infrastructure. We expect ANS to become the de facto IP connectivity management system."

Daniel Safeer, technical services manager, Waytek Inc, New Jersey, USA

"Active Net Steward™ has come through our lab tests with flying colours, and we welcome it into our security portfolio. It is the perfect complement to the range of perimeter defence, VPN and virus systems we already use to offer our customers protection. The idea of a centrally managed, distributed firewall offering cover at device level, really helps complete the security picture by countering the internal as well as the external threat."

Stuart Rae, director, Manor Park Systems, Cheshire, England

"Active Net Steward™ effectively addresses one of the most neglected areas of Information Security; namely, the implicitly trusted internal local area network and intranet. It enables the Intranet Administrator to implement and manage a central Security Policy across workgroups or individual users. It also overcomes the limitations of 'sniffer-type' technologies in this regard and as a bonus it is also a useful aid in communicating early warning of potential network problems."

Derrick Plank, security solutions manager, Foster Melliar (Pty) Ltd, Johannesburg, South Africa

Additional comments available from Declan Grogan, managing director of Security Designers. Call Jane Harrad-Roberts on 07785 395705 to arrange a tele-briefing.

About Security Designers Limited

Security Designers Limited was set up by UK connectivity software house Network Designers in December 2000 with the technical expertise needed and capital to develop Active Net Steward into a world-class product with universal appeal. In a unique position SDL, has been able to capitalise on the 20 years of experience in traffic management and security issues, gained by it's parent company whilst implementing connectivity solutions for world leading organisations.

Active Net Steward™'s unique architecture provides the facilities and controls available in internet and network management systems together with the advanced low-level traffic management and protection of the distributed firewall. The technology within Active Net Steward™ is unique and SDL is actively seeking to protect this through patents and IPR.

Network Designers Limited, is a UK based connectivity software house, founded in 1982, providing excellence in communications protocols and gateways, terminal emulation and legacy to internet solutions. Clients include most local government and health organisations, AA Insurance, Hong Kong Police, Tesco and Transco. NDL is a private company, owned by its 38 employees, always profitable.

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Declan Grogan

Managing Director, SDL

Mobile: +44 7802 188111

Tel: +44 1937 584584

Fax: +44 1937 587367



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Jane Harrad-Roberts

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Mobile: +44 7785 395705

Tel: +44 1244 330000

Fax: +44 1244 330101


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