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Analysis Reveals 40 Percent Lower Total Cost of Ownership using PortWise Software Compared to Hardware Tokens from Leading Vendors

Maidenhead, Berks., 17 February 2005 – PortWise, the leading secure remote application access platform provider, today announced the availability of a total cost of ownership analysis showing it leads with a 40 percent savings over a typical hardware token implementation in sample 1,000-user and 7,500-user examples. The TCO analysis compares PortWise to strong authentication requiring hardware tokens from leading vendors such as RSA Security and Secure Computing.

“Our TCO analysis is a bit controversial because it exposes some of the limitations of hardware tokens,” said Jonathan Martin, chief marketing officer, PortWise. “A lot of companies are spending their security budgets procuring and maintaining hardware tokens their users find cumbersome, or are prone to lose. For an increasingly mobile workforce, the cell phone enabled with text messaging offers a cost-effective alternative to proprietary tokens. In the case of the analysis, the 40 percent savings baseline grows further if you consider the hard costs of supporting a mobile workforce and leagues of partners needing secure access to applications in the enterprise.”

According to the PortWise TCO analysis, which is available for download on, a company with 1,000 users spends on average 40 percent more with hardware tokens than with the PortWise solution, which takes advantage of mobile phones and text messaging to provide a second factor of strong authentication.

PortWise helps ensure the protection of the information-driven enterprise, by allowing the right people secure access to the resources and applications they need, based on their user profile and authentication credentials. The PortWise Secure Application Access Platform supports all major browsers and mobile phone operating systems, with an optional client that can be managed from within standard directories such as Windows Active Directory, Novell eDirectory and Sun Java Directory Server, reducing end-user support overhead. For more information on the PortWise Secure Application Access Platform and to view a demonstration of the upcoming 4.0 version, please visit booth No. 107 at the RSA Conference in San Francisco.

About PortWise
PortWise is leading the evolution of the secure access market by providing completely secure application access from any device in any location, without sacrificing flexibility or security. Its Application-Oriented Access solution is the industry’s first platform to offer a rich, integrated suite that addresses all aspects of secure application access, including user device assessment, strong user authentication, policy-based user authorization, secure clientless access, access auditing and compliance, and session clean-up. It enables organizations to mobilize their workforce and partner communities, to consolidate the management of application access into a single, auditable location, and enable businesses to get their applications to market rapidly, flexibly and securely. PortWise was recently cited in Gartner Group’s SSL VPN Magic Quadrant as a technology visionary. PortWise are an international software company with offices in the UK, US, Sweden, and India. Further details can be found at

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