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Swindon, UK – March 16, 2009 – UK internet appliance specialist, Equiinet, has announced is participation in the market’s first up-to-the-moment live product testing program being conducted by West Coast Labs, a leading independent test facility for information security products and services.

Equiinet, which serves the education and SME markets, already holds numerous Checkmark accreditations for its security functions embedded within its market leading CachePilot, SecurePilot and NetPilot products. By participating in this new real-time testing, which heralds the introduction of a more rigorous testing and validation at a higher level relative to product performance and capability, Equiinet will continue with confidence to provide its customers and prospects with robust products best suited to address their unique needs.

Equiinet Managing Director, Keith Baker comments “Equiinet has been a keen industry participant of the West Coast Labs Checkmark accreditation scheme for over 10 years. Our Education and SME customers similarly value the independent testing and reassurance that Checkmark offers. As an early participant in West Coast’s Real Time testing program, we have already received very useful practical feed-back. West Coast’s new offering is huge step forward in testing methodologies - clearly differentiating itself from simple single point-in-time testing – that will provide Equiinet and our customers with up-to-the-minute quality assurance.”

Designed to meet new performance and validation standards required by vendors and end users, the Real Time Testing program by West Coast Labs is the only live independent testing conducted in a test environment that mirrors the actual security threats businesses worldwide experience real time. An enhancement to its independent testing service, the Real Time Testing program expands beyond West Coast Labs’ standard, baseline benchmarking to live tests of products and services against security threats collected in real time through West Coast Labs’ global network. This level of sophisticated testing responds directly to the demand for up-to-the-minute performance validation of mission critical security applications and services.

“Up until now, there’s been an extremely large gap between the evaluation of products and end users’ experiences,” said Lysa Myers, director of research, West Coast Labs. “Where once testing was conducted without regard to time and geographic location, our Real Time Testing program recognizes the importance of testing against up-to-the minute threats that originate from multiple locations and are aimed at varying entry points. It is the first major step in years that closes that gap between test labs and user experiences.”

About West Coast Labs Real Time Testing Program

Believing that effective independent performance validation of content security technologies should occur as an actual business experience in real-world environments, West Coast Labs now delivers sophisticated, live testing and real-time product performance through its 24x7x365 Real Time Testing program. Products are tested continuously against content security threats collected through West Coast Labs’ global network in real time to provide the ultimate in performance validation.

About West Coast Labs

Part of the Haymarket Media Group, West Coast Labs is a global leader in technical research, testing and the Checkmark Certification of information security products and services. With market-leading technology and testing facilities accredited to ISO17025 in the UK, USA and India, West Coast Labs' services and the Checkmark Certification System are being used by the leading global brands to create market advantage and by large business enterprises for obtaining crucial technical insight into product performance.


Lauren Curley
West Coast Labs
Tel: 001 781 383 6406

About Equiinet

Equiinet was founded in 1998 and led the way in the manufacture and supply of devices giving SMEs and schools the peace of mind to make full use of the internet. Using the company’s ability to deliver cost-effective, integrated hardware and software solutions, Equiinet has developed a range of UTM appliances that provides both the business and education sectors with the twin benefits of accelerating internet access to enable effective distribution and use of web based materials – complemented by enabling e-safety and security of pupils, employees and their organisations’ network infrastructures and data.


David Abbot
Tel: 0044 (0)1793 603700

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