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4 October 2001 - Yorkshire,UK – Security Designers and Xpert, the UK's largest independent integrated communications technology (ICT) services provider, announced today that the ‘distributed firewall’, Active Net Steward™ will now be sold by Xpert alongside existing solutions from Cisco, BT, RSA, Message Labs and Websense.

Xpert also announced their first sale for Security Designers to Enfield NHS Trust as part of a risk assessment program in preparation for the implementation of BS7799, the internationally acclaimed British Standard which addresses the subject of Information Security Management.

Active Net Steward™ delivers powerful, centrally-managed security for individual machines and shows the network administrator what is really happening ‘live’ on their Intranet. Should the administrator then want to prevent activity, they simply ‘switch it off’ from the central console. This means that control can be exercised over Intranet and Internet access, and network bandwidth can be optimised.

Active Net Steward provides an added line of defence to support firewalls at the network perimeter, also encryption and anti-virus measures. By populating networks with distributed, kernel-mode firewalls on all servers, desktop and portable machines, Active Net Steward™ offers further protection against perimeter breaches and against any inappropriate internal usage.

Xpert’s Commercial Director, George Sanger:

“Security Designers’ distributed firewall, Active Net Steward, is a great addition to our security portfolio and will, we believe, become the ‘de facto’ product for intranet security. We are supporting the product with a number of marketing initiatives over the next quarter and have already seen a great deal of interest in it from existing and potential new clients, as proven by the order from Enfield NHS Trust.”

Declan Grogan, Security Designers’ managing director added:

“We are really pleased to be working alongside Xpert to deliver world-class security solutions to the market. We are confident Xpert has the expertise needed by IT professionals when they look for security advice and consultancy. Active Net Steward plugs a gap in any company’s armoury; taking over where traditional firewalls leave off.”

Industry surveys estimate that up to 70% of security breaches are internal rather than external breaches.


Xpert are running a series of seminars around the UK on Security in conjunction with Cisco, BT, RSA, Websense, Message Labs and Security Designers:

- September 26th

BT Tower, London

- October 2nd

National Railway Museum, York

- October 3rd

Manchester United Football Club, Old Trafford

- October 9th

National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham

For more details and to join the audience please ring 0800 3285 800.

Background information follows:

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 its parent company whilst implementing connectivity solutions for world leading organisations.

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About Xpert

Xpert is a leading independent information communication technology (ICT) service provider. Bringing together a comprehensive array of technical products and services, Xpert works within a diverse range of industries, including local government, health, education, retail and finance. It operates from five UK locations; Huddersfield, Bellshill, Thornaby, Warrington & Watford. Xpert is truly independent, with a high level of technical expertise and large number of strategic manufacturer relationships. These include 3COM, Cisco, Alcatel, Ericsson, Lucent, Mitel, Compaq and BT, and allow Xpert to deliver a true "one stop shop" for communication requirements. Xpert now has over 4,800 blue chip and public sector customers.

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Further information & interviews:

Declan Grogan
Managing Director, SDL
Mobile: 07802 188111
Tel: 01937 584584
Fax: 01937 587367

Press contact:

Jane Harrad-Roberts
Marketing Projects
Mobile: 07785 395705
Tel: 01244 330000
Fax: 01244 330101

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