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Richard Stiennon of Anti-Spyware Provider Webroot and Former Senior Gartner Inc. Analyst, Brings More than 20 Years Experience to Whale’s Advisory Board

Fort Lee, NJ, 9 May, 2005 – Leading SSL VPN vendor Whale Communications today announced the appointment to its advisory board of Richard D. Stiennon, vice president of threat research at Webroot Software Inc., a producer of privacy protection and performance software.

Stiennon, formerly vice president of research and a top security industry analyst at Gartner Inc., led much of the coverage on security topics during his four years at Gartner and was a holder of Gartner’s Thought Leadership award for 2003. He also was named in 2004 “One of the 50 most power people in Networking” by Network World Magazine.

At Colorado-based Webroot, Stiennon now is applying his 20 years of experience in networking and security to identify emerging spyware and other security threats, working closely with the company’s development team to deliver comprehensive prevention and removal strategies.

“We are extremely pleased to have Richard on our advisory board,” said Daniel Steiner, president of Whale. “We look forward to leveraging his vast experience and contacts within leading enterprises and other IT vendors to augment our current successes.”

Recognized by industry analysts as a leader in the SSL VPN space and selected by Network Computing Magazine as the best SSL VPN solution in 2004, Whale’s technology offers exceptional flexibility. Its Application Aware™ approach provides deep levels of security policy granularity, enhanced user experience and easy integration into existing network infrastructures and applications.

“Whale is a pioneer in the SSL VPN space, continuing to drive the technology development of secure remote access through its SSL VPN appliances,” said Stiennon. “I’m pleased to be in a position where I can use my experience to assist Whale in continuing to define the standards as a best-of-breed solution in this growing market segment.”
Whale Communications
Whale Communications is the leading enterprise-class SSL VPN vendor, enabling companies to provide employees, business partners and customers secure access to corporate data and applications from any web browser. Named a leader, visionary and tier-one SSL VPN player by major analysts such as Gartner, META Group, Forrester and Frost & Sullivan, Whale’s SSL VPN products have also won numerous industry awards such as Network Computing magazine’s Best SSL VPN for 2004. Its solutions have been securing enterprises worldwide since it was founded in 1998. Privately held, Whale is funded by prominent venture firms and industry leaders, including Goldman Sachs, Soros Private Equity Partners and the BRM Group, the founding investor of Check Point Software Technologies. The company is headquartered in Fort Lee, New Jersey and has international offices in Israel, the United Kingdom, France and Germany.
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