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Offers Holistic Approach to Security Services Designed to Protect Enterprise Networks


October 29, 2001 – Enterasys Networks, Inc. unveiled its new Information Assurance program, in support of its holistic approach to computer networking security services. Information Assurance is a set of professional services designed to help organisations develop, implement and execute effective security strategies to protect their valuable network-based corporate information assets. The Information Assurance services will be sold and delivered in conjunction with certified Enterasys security solutions partners worldwide. With the recent rise in viruses, computer fraud, and cyber-attacks on corporate networks, Information Assurance provides a comprehensive program to enhance network security.

A critical service component of Enterasys Networks’ Secure Harbour secure networking architecture, Information Assurance is a methodology that helps companies in all industries to implement proper security measures to safeguard their corporate data. This methodology includes identifying vulnerable areas within a network infrastructure and implementing measures to correct them, proactively implementing new security measures as they evolve, and maintaining compliance with industry-specific initiatives.

“When planning and implementing network security, most organizations focus on security products and processes, but not people – the services aspect of a security solution. Enterprises must invest as much consideration in the set of services needed to effect security architecture as it does to technology and process. Only this holistic approach will create an organisation that is able to defend against malicious attacks and other threats to critical corporate information,” said Eric Goodness, principal analyst at Gartner.





Computer security concerns every industry – which means all organisations must take action to protect their valuable information. Because Information Assurance can be tailored to meet specific industry requirements, Enterasys’ proven methodology helps customers implement appropriate security measures to be in compliance with industry regulations, such as HIPAA for customers in health care and Gramm-Leach-Bliley for financial institutions.

“As the number of attacks on computer systems, corporate networks and service providers continue to increase, it’s clear that our customers need more than the leading security hardware and software products that Enterasys offers. Enterasys’ Information Assurance services are designed to help our enterprise networking customers prevent and defend against attacks on valuable electronic information,” said Julie Lucas, VP, Security Solutions at Enterasys Networks and former Naval Computer Incident Response Team officer. “Surveys are substantiating the cost of corporate crime, fraud, destructive code and other computer-based attacks as now reaching over one trillion dollars annually. Information Assurance provides an avenue for corporations to help protect electronic transactions and information from these exposures.”

The six Enterasys’ Information Assurance solutions address each element in the computer security lifecycle. Initial services, which will be available immediately, include security assessments and awareness education services. The Information Assurance Assessment involves the audit of the current information infrastructure to identify vulnerabilities or inconsistencies in the overall network. The assessment includes three stages: Security Policy Assessment, Disaster Recovery Assessment and Vulnerability Assessment, and then provides a complete report outlining vital security issues. Enterasys’ Information Assurance Awareness Education provides information assurance education for both the end user and executive level management.

When used together, these highly effective security solutions can ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of an organisation’s information resources.







Additional upcoming solutions include:
- Information Assurance Design – a system in which Enterasys security consultants assess a client’s infrastructure and then design and implement security safeguards to meet the client’s specific requirements.
- Continuous Information Assurance Management – an assessment of a client’s need for firewall and/or Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), including remote monitoring and implementation of firewall and IDS products. This is co-provided by Enterasys’ Managed Security Services and partners such as Riptech, an Alexandria, Virginia based Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP).
- Global Computer Incident Response – In the event that a computer system is compromised or suffers from another attack, this service provides a response capability to rapidly respond to the attack and limit potential damage. The service is provided through a Global Incident Response Team.
- Computer Forensic and Legal Services – Services designed to provide information that may be used in a court of law or to resolve other issues after unauthorized activity has occurred. These services include electronic data discovery, file cataloging, computer evidence processing, information protection and computer virus evaluation.

For more details on Information Assurance services, please visit www.enterasys.com/services

About Enterasys Networks
Enterasys Networks (NYSE: ETS) is a leading worldwide provider of 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. For more information, visit www.enterasys.com.


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