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Technology and Marketing Agreement Tightens Integration of Rainbow’s iKey™ with Symantec’s Enterprise VPN


Rainbow eSecurity, a Rainbow Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: RNBO) company and a leading solutions provider of digital content and transaction security, together with First Defence Ltd. a leading UK IT security solution value-add distributor, today announced a technology and marketing partnership that enables secure VPN client authentication to be deployed with Symantec's Enterprise VPN as well as VelociRaptor and Symantec Gateway Security.


As organisations migrate from using fixed WAN networks and remote dial-up networking to the Internet, the need to replace traditional passwords with strong authentication becomes of paramount necessity. Passwords can easily be hacked or forgotten and, in many organisations, the Help Desk function is constantly under pressure dealing with password-related issues.


KeySecure, supplied by First Defence, effectively addresses the challenges of secure access to network information and the protection of sensitive corporate resources from unauthorised users. KeySecure integrates the Rainbow iKey for strong two-factor authentication to Symantec's Enterprise Firewall/VPN, VelociRaptor firewall/VPN appliance and Symantec Gateway Security appliance. First Defence specialises in the provision of IT security solutions and services to the reseller channel.


Rainbow’s iKey series provide a reliable and robust hardware security solution that is easy to use and administer. The iKey 1000 series provide a cost-effective secure two-factor authentication token in USB form factor that is ideally suited to remote/mobile usage. For Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) environments where uncompromised need for securing private signing keys is critical Rainbow provides the iKey 2000 and recently announced iKey 3000.


“First Defence continually monitors the security market and evaluates new technologies in order to deliver best-of-breed solutions to our reseller partners. Working with market leader, Rainbow, we are delighted to be able to offer enhanced VPN security with the KeySecure solution,” commented Mark Corrigan, managing director, First Defence.


"First Defence's excellent technical integration of our iKey into their KeySecure product provides a secure VPN client solution for the Symantec Enterprise Firewall, VelociRaptor and SGS appliance," said Graham Peat, European marketing manager, Rainbow eSecurity. “First Defence's experience and reputation with Symantec security products will help the UK resellers to satisfy the demand for strong authentication solutions that exists today."


IDC recently recognised the iKey as the World’s leading USB authentication token and anticipates the market for USB authentication tokens will grow from million in 2000 to about 6.6 million by 2005.



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Company contact:


Dan Chmielewski / Graham Peat
Rainbow Technologies
+1 949 450 7377
dchm@rainbow.com
GPeat@UK.rainbow.com


Press contact:


Catherine Eyres / Sarah Hewitt
Strategic Alliance International
+44 1494 434 434
catherinee@strategicpr.net
sarahh@strategicpr.net


About First Defence


First Defence is a leading UK IT security solution value-add distributor. We specialise solely in the provision of IT security solutions and services to the reseller channel. First Defence maintain key strategic alliances with market leading IT security vendors to position our IT security portfolio as essential to a reseller’s business growth. The First Defence business philosophy is simple; our success depends on the success of our partners. For this reason we maintain a policy of consistent investment of our resellers. First Defence distribute firewall & VPN, risk assessment, intrusion detection, strong two-tier authentication, content security and secure web access technologies. In addition to product solutions we aim to offer our partners a compelling IT security business opportunity. Our partners benefit from professional account management, expert technical advice and support, comprehensive and bespoke marketing development and extensive IT security training.



About Rainbow Technologies


Founded in 1984, Rainbow Technologies is a leading provider of information security solutions for the Internet, eCommerce, mCommerce, content protection, software distribution and high-assurance communications. Rainbow applies its core technology to a variety of Internet applications from securing software to the acceleration of secure communication for eCommerce and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). Rainbow's products include: secure Web server and VPN acceleration boards; anti-piracy and Internet software distribution solutions; PKI-based security solutions; voice, data and satellite security systems; and USB-based Web authentication tokens. With headquarters in Irvine, California, Rainbow maintains offices throughout the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, China, Japan, Mexico, India, The Netherlands, Brazil and Taiwan. A network of nearly 80 authorised distributors sells Rainbow products worldwide. For more information, visit our Web site at http://www.rainbow.com


Rainbow Technologies and iKey are trademarks of Rainbow Technologies, Inc.
All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective organisations.


First Defence are based in Guildford, Surrey. For more information, visit http://www.first-defence.co.uk



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