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Instant Notification of Configuration File Changes and Automatic Restoration Enriches Network Availability

Alcatel (NYSE: ALA), and Tripwire Inc. today announced a strategic alliance to provide increased security, availability and accountability for Alcatel OmniSwitch customers. The joint Alcatel and Tripwire solution diminishes the impact of unwanted changes to switch or router configuration files - minimising security issues and time needed for repairs as well as reducing downtime and costs. Tripwire is the world leader in integrity assurance.

Tripwire’s security and integrity solutions paired with Alcatel’s unparalleled carrier-class switches offer customers maximum security and availability of their networks. Tripwire for Network Devices monitors switch or router configurations and provides instant notification of internal and external changes, automated rollback and complete audit trails of all changes to devices. The product is the perfect complement to Alcatel’s security framework CrystalSec, which offers customers a variety of technologies, approaches and solutions for security of their switches.

“Organisations are realising that today’s unique security climate requires a comprehensive view of the IT environment, and requires more than just a firewall, intrusion detection or VPN deployment,” said Wyatt Starnes, founder, president and CEO of Tripwire. “Assuring the integrity of switch and router configurations is essential to an organisation’s layered security strategy. We are honoured to work with such a global expert to provide OmniSwitch customers with a superior integrity assurance solution to increase the reliability and manageability of their infrastructure.”

“Integrity management of switches is a critical component of an organisation’s security posture,” said Jeff Hayes, director security programs, Alcatel e-Business Networking Division. “The technical aspect of information security impacts every computing device in the network. Tripwire for Network Devices gives Alcatel OmniSwitch customers a powerful additional tool in their information security arsenal.”

More information on Alcatel’s Applications Partner Program (AAPP) can be found at http://www.applicationspartner.alcatel.com/ and Tripwire’s partners for Tripwire for Network Devices can be found at: http://www.tripwire.com/products/network_devices/

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About Tripwire, Inc.
Tripwire Inc. is the world leader in integrity assurance. Tripwire® Integrity Management solutions enable enterprises to reduce operational risk and gain control over IT systems. With Tripwire software, you ensure the security of your systems, instill accountability for change, gain visibility across your enterprise and increase the availability of critical IT infrastructure. Tripwire customers include Global 3000 companies, e-business corporations, and key public sector organisations such as Intuit, AT&T, Ernst & Young and the U.S. House of Representatives. Tripwire is headquartered in Portland, Ore., with offices in Japan, France and the UK, and users in 92 countries around the world.

About Alcatel
Alcatel provides end-to-end communications solutions, enabling carriers, service providers and enterprises to deliver content to any type of user, anywhere in the world. Leveraging its long-term leadership in telecommunications network equipment as well as its expertise in applications and network services, Alcatel enables its customers to focus on optimising their service offerings and revenue streams. With sales of US$15.5 billion in 2002, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries. For more information, visit Alcatel on the Internet: http://www.alcatel.com

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