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Partnership Protects Large And Small Organisations From Security Threats Over VPN And Wireless Connections


March 26, 2002 - Enterasys Networks, Inc. (NYSE: ETS), a leading provider of enterprise networking solutions, and Sygate Technologies, a leader in enterprise-focused security policy enforcement, today announced a strategic partnership to secure enterprise mobile computing environments. Under the agreement, Enterasys will add Sygate’s award-winning personal firewall technology to its Aurorean VPN and RoamAbout wireless product lines, and will offer Sygate Secure Enterprise (SSE) through Enterasys and its partners.


The combined solution will deliver the highest levels of security to organisations that allow their employees to access the corporate LAN over public networks using VPN and wireless connections. Organisations will be able to accurately enforce security policies over their users before granting them network access. They will also be able to verify the use of the Sygate Personal Firewall and other security programs such as anti-virus software.


“Many people are concerned about the loss of and damage to valuable corporate information in situations using mobile computers, such as VPNs or wireless LANs,” said Mads Lillelund, chief marketing officer at Enterasys Networks. “Enterasys’ partnership with Sygate further strengthens the security of our VPN and wireless solutions by adding powerful distributed firewall technology to remote users’ laptops, and complements our Secure Harbour framework for end-to-end enterprise network security.”


Starting in April 2002, the Sygate Personal Firewall (SPF) will be bundled with Enterasys’ Aurorean VPN Client and its RoamAbout Wireless PC cards. Customers will be able to purchase the Sygate Secure Enterprise (SSE) suite through Enterasys and its partners for a centrally managed, distributed firewall solution. SSE automates enforcement of corporate security policies by linking users, devices and applications through trusted network communication.


In addition, Enterasys and Sygate have jointly developed an integrated VPN / personal firewall solution that combines Aurorean and Sygate Secure Enterprise. Customers benefit from a single enforcement point for VPN and firewall policies as well as a single administrative control point for network management. With this solution, end users who do not comply with the corporate security policy can be segmented into a restricted area to obtain the necessary updates before being granted full network access. This is unlike other solutions, which prevent the VPN tunnel from being established if the firewall is not running, leaving the user without the means to restore the security integrity of their machine.


“Enterasys and Sygate customers have been clear about their needs: they need effective protection of corporate information, and that requires automated policies that integrate security, applications and communication layers,” said John De Santis, president and CEO of Sygate Technologies. “An unbroken chain of control, combined with relentless enforcement of those policies, is a condition of access to enterprise information. That is exactly what our partnership delivers to customers.”


Pricing for Sygate Secure Enterprise is based on number of users and network configuration. For more information, please visit Enterasys at http://www.enterasys.com and Sygate at http://www.sygate.com


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


About Sygate Technologies, Inc.


Sygate Technologies ( http://www.sygate.com) provides enterprise-focused security policy enforcement solutions. Focusing on policy and safe user behavior, Sygate provides the infrastructure to maintain an unbroken chain of control to IT Management. Sygate's solutions protect corporate networks from intrusion, eliminate the ability of attacks to gain control of corporate information, enforce safe behavior on all endpoints, and achieve compliance with enterprise security policy. Sygate Technologies Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Fremont, Calif.

For more information, please visit http://www.sygate.com or call 877.923.7436.


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