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QinetiQ Secure e-Business Specialists Selects Dragon as one of its “Preferred IDS Solutions”

NEWBURY, ENGLAND – Enterasys Networks Inc. has announced that Secure e-Business specialists within QinetiQ, Europe’s largest science and technology powerhouse, have selected its DragonTM Suite for in-depth security monitoring within its new Managed Intrusion Detection System (MIDS) service offering. QinetiQ, the major part of the former DERA, the British government’s defence, research and development organisation, has also cited Dragon as one of its “Preferred Intrusion Detection Solutions (IDS)”. The solution was selected in association with Portcullis Computer Security Limited, an Enterasys security partner.

Andy Jones, Business Manager, Secure e-Business for QinetiQ commented, “For a number of years, QinetiQ has researched the security risks threatening information systems for one of the most sensitive of customers – the Ministry of Defence. With the advent of intrusion detection comes a new tool and, when tested, the Enterasys Dragon Suite proved to be an effective set of products that have a wide range of capabilities to match the majority of requirements.”

Formed in July 2001, QinetiQ comprises the greater part of the former DERA, the British Government's elite Defence Evaluation and Research Agency. With over 200 independent scientists and engineers focused on information security, QinetiQ’s Secure e-Business is bringing military security expertise to civilian organisations in the fight to reduce online criminal activity.

“IDS is a burglar alarm, an alerting tool. It’s the response and action taken as a result of being alerted that is key. Knowing what to do with alerts requires a huge skill set, which tends not to be core to a corporation’s business. This is why managed intrusion detection makes sense, making effective use of IDS analysts to detect unauthorised activity and scrutinise the traffic permitted through firewalls,” commented Mark Lane, Managing Director of Portcullis Computer Security Limited. “Our partnership with QinetiQ, built up over some time, offers an unrivalled 24/7 monitoring service with all the capable skill sets. This would take years for a company to develop in-house, at prohibitive cost. Through the QinetiQ/Portcullis MIDS offering, it’s available to roll out now.”

QinetiQ’s Secure e-Business Division has chosen Enterasys’ Dragon family as one of the supporting security technologies for in-depth network defence within its new MIDS service, a 24-hour, 365 day a year outsourced security offering. Commenting on its selection of Dragon, Jones said, “Enterasys’ Dragon performed well in the tests carried out by QinetiQ and offers an excellent platform for intrusion detection. It offers a comprehensive range of capabilities for both host and network environments.”

Enterasys’ award-winning Dragon solution comprises three specific products:

- Dragon Sensor, for live network monitoring of attacks, misuse or anomalies

- Dragon Squire, for host-based intrusion detection and firewall monitoring

- Dragon Server, for management, alerting, analysis and correlation

Combined, the solution provides a powerful, cost-effective network security tool, ensuring unique features such as open-signatory ability, internal anomaly tracking and forensic-quality auditing results. Dragon is an integral part of Enterasys’ Secure HarbourTM architecture, the industry’s first holistic framework for enterprise security and was recently awarded the acclaimed “Editor’s Choice” for Intrusion Detection Solutions from Network Computing Magazine.

“E-security isn’t optional any more, it’s a fundamental requirement for businesses today,” said Stefan Michal, Vice President of UK & Ireland for Enterasys Networks. “Enterasys is extremely proud to be chosen by QinetiQ as one of their premier security partners, supporting their mission of providing the highest quality e-business security solutions. For Dragon to be used by QinetiQ clearly demonstrates its exceptional capabilities and endorses Enterasys’ security focus and strategy.”

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About QinetiQ

QinetiQ, formerly the larger part of DERA (Defence Evaluation and Research Agency) incorporates the bulk of the MOD’s non-nuclear research, technology and test and evaluation establishments in its heritage.

In July 2000 the Government agreed to a programme that would see the bulk of DERA being set up as a Public Private Partnership (PPP). In July 2001, three-quarters of the agency became a wholly government owned plc called QinetiQ (pronounced ki’ ne tik as in ‘kinetic energy’). This is a precursor to eventual flotation, now likely in early 2002. A quarter of the Agency was retained within the MOD as Dstl (the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory) to manage the research programme, systems research and the International Research Collaboration along with other sensitive areas eg CBD (Chemical & Biological Defence), Porton Down.

QinetiQ is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. Among its staff it employs many leading scientists and internationally acclaimed experts. It offers a unique range of services, consultancy advice and test facilities. These include indoor and outdoor ranges for air, land and sea launched weapon effectiveness trials, wind tunnels, underwater target ranges and marine testing facilities, automotive test tracks and climatic testing laboratories.

As DERA its pioneering research and development last century included the invention of liquid crystal displays (LCDs), carbon fibre, the technology for flat panel speakers, infra-red sensors and microwave radar, as well as Chobham armour, and shaped charges. DERA combined and inherited the technology and expertise from Government defence research sites throughout the UK.

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About Portcullis Computer Security Limited

Portcullis has been supplying the global marketplace for two decades and enjoys unrivalled experience in the many different fields within IT security.

As service providers they specialize in Security Testing and Managed Services. With its fully qualified CHECK teams, Portcullis is one of the very few companies in the country authorised to test government systems. Portcullis continues to work in close partnership with QinetiQ to provide an unmatchable service for Managed Intrusion Detection. This is as a direct response to the current developments and demands made by both the corporate marketplace and the public sector for such a service.

Additionally, as developers and distributors Portcullis provide a comprehensive range of “Best of Breed” products to meet the ever changing needs of the business community, covering all aspects of IT security.

About Enterasys Networks

Enterasys Networks (NYSE: ETS) is a new type of company that combines a single market focus with a strong technology heritage to provide communications infrastructures for enterprise-class customers. Enterasys’ networking hardware and software offerings deliver the innovative security, availability and mobility solutions required by Global 2000 organizations coupled with the industry’s strongest service and support. Based in Rochester, New Hampshire, Enterasys was named a “Company to Watch in 2001” by CIO Magazine.

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Portcullis Computer Security Limited
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