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Secure Computing Introduces Sidewinder 7.0, Industry's First Reputation-based Firewall

TrustedSource Integration Provides Real-time Reputation Scores for IPs, Domains and URLs

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Secure Computing Corporation (Nasdaq: SCUR), the leader in enterprise gateway security, today announced Sidewinder 7.0, the industry's first and only firewall to incorporate reputation technology to provide proactive and reliable protection. In addition to the integration of the TrustedSource(TM) reputation technology, Sidewinder 7.0 includes significant enhancements for performance, policy management and overall security.

As part of Secure Computing's vision to provide comprehensive enterprise gateway security, Sidewinder 7.0 incorporates global intelligence from the company's industry-leading reputation system, TrustedSource. Like a credit agency provides credit scores to enable reliable commerce, TrustedSource provides reputation scores for IPs, domains and URLs. Using this real-time scoring, Sidewinder 7.0 allows organizations to drop connections from malicious sources in order to prevent security threats such as spam and phishing, reclaim bandwidth and reduce downstream server processing.

"There are many unified threat management and firewall products on the market. However, there is a difference between products that provide basic protection versus those that deliver a complete solution," said Charles Kolodgy, research director at IDC. "By incorporating a robust global reputation service directly into its offerings, Secure Computing provides that comprehensive layer of protection. As enterprises realize there are many malicious IP senders, they are also recognizing that identifying these bad IP addresses is vital to overall security."

Enterprises use Sidewinder to manage access to their networks and protect Internet-facing applications, as well as to monitor and manage employee use of the Internet, identify hidden attacks in packet streams, block viruses in file transfers, and create a forensic-quality audit trail to assist with regulatory compliance and reporting. In addition to the TrustedSource integration, key enhancements to Sidewinder 7.0 include:

  • Fastest application layer security performance in the industry: Sidewinder 7.0 includes enhancements to provide the fastest layer-7 security in the firewall industry.


  • Next-generation hardware platforms: Sidewinder 7.0's 64-bit architecture includes Intel dual-core technology for high performance and scalability. Sidewinder 7.0 also delivers the first rugged appliance delivered for military and heavy industrial applications.


  • Best-in-class unified policy management: Sidewinder 7.0's flexible and unified policy manager provides customers granular control in a point-and-click manner resulting in an easy-to-use platform and improved security.


  • Advancements in VoIP (voice over IP) security: Sidewinder 7.0 provides application-based VoIP security using deep application awareness and control (for example, over VoIP's Session Initiation Protocol) to protect from new threats created as VoIP solutions become more widely adopted in the enterprise environment.


"At Cannon Financial Federal Credit Union our employees, intellectual property, member and corporate assets are critical to the continuity and success of our business," said Steve Nutt, CEO of Cannon Financial FCU. "Because of this, we are keenly focused on employing the highest level of security available. As a company wholly focused on our members' security, Secure Computing continues to bring to the table effective solutions to the most pressing security issues we face. Sidewinder is a powerful technology that ensures we are protected from the myriad threats we face each day."

"Organizations can no longer sit back and rely solely on reactive technologies to keep looming threats outside of the network," said Jay Chaudhry, vice chairman and chief strategy officer, Secure Computing. "Security needs to be multi-layered with integrated, best-of-breed offerings, such as what Secure Computing is doing across the enterprise gateway. We are confident that reputation will be critical in ensuring organizations are protected as threats dynamically evolve. With the TrustedSource integration, Sidewinder 7.0 delivers the most comprehensive set of security services in a single perimeter UTM appliance."

Secure Computing is incorporating its TrustedSource reputation technology into its complete line of enterprise gateway security offerings, which include Web, Messaging and Network gateway appliances. In addition to Sidewinder 7.0, the company also today announced the launch and availability of Webwasher 6.5, the industry's most comprehensive Web gateway security offering. For more information about Sidewinder 7.0 or Webwasher 6.5, please visit http://www.securecomputing.com/index.cfm?skey=2

Pricing and Availability

Sidewinder 7.0 will be available March 2007. Appliances range from $1,500 to $75,900 based on performance and throughput requirements.

About Secure Computing:

Secure Computing (Nasdaq: SCUR), a leading provider of enterprise gateway security, delivers a comprehensive set of solutions that help customers protect their critical Web, email and network assets. Over half the Fortune 50 and Fortune 500 are part of the company's more than 19,000 global customers in 106 countries, supported by a worldwide network of more than 1,900 partners. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and has offices worldwide. For more information, see http://www.securecomputing.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to Secure Computing's Sidewinder 7.0 Security Appliance, TrustedSource and the expected benefits of such technology, and such statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are delays in product development, undetected software errors or bugs, competitive pressures, technical difficulties, changes in customer requirements, general economic conditions and the risk factors detailed from time to time in Secure Computing's periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Contacts:
Joslyn Fagan
Secure Computing
678-904-9279
Joslyn_fagan@securecomputing.com

Avi Dines
Schwartz Communications
781-684-0770
scur@schwartz-pr.com

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