Analyst Firm Ranks NetScreen the Fastest Growing Security Appliance Vendor in VPN & Firewall Market

GUILDFORD, U.K., Dec. 6, 2002—NetScreen Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: NSCN) today announced it was ranked by IDC, a leading worldwide market share and analyst research firm, as the fastest growing vendor in the firewall and virtual private network (VPN) appliance market.*

According to IDC’s annual report titled “Worldwide Security Appliance Forecast and Analysis 2002 – 2006: Hardware Continues to be the Choice of Security Software Deployment” (November 2002), NetScreen revenue grew by 136 percent in 2001, four times the overall firewall and VPN market, which grew approximately 34 percent the same year. Additionally, for the second year in a row, NetScreen led the category of $50,000 and above solutions for high-end large enterprise and service providers with a 47 percent market share.

The report also demonstrates that a majority of the firewall-VPN market is made up of appliances, surpassing software-based solutions. Further, the report summarizes that successful vendors in the space will integrate technologies beyond firewall and VPN into their product offerings.

“Many enterprises and carriers recognize the performance and total-cost-of-ownership (TCO) advantages that purpose-built, appliance-based security solutions provide,” said David Flynn, vice president of marketing at NetScreen. “As we integrate technologies, such as intrusion prevention, NetScreen intends to enable customers to increase their network security and meet their performance and TCO requirements.”

About NetScreen Technologies

NetScreen Technologies, Inc., is a leading developer of integrated network security solutions that offer the security, performance and total cost of ownership required by enterprises and carriers. NetScreen’s innovative solutions provide key security technologies, such as virtual private network, denial of service protection, firewall and intrusion prevention, in a line of easy-to-manage security appliances and systems. NetScreen is located at 350 Oakmead Parkway, Sunnyvale, CA, 94085, U.S.A., and in Europe at Victoria House, London Square, Cross Lanes, Guildford, Surrey GU51 1UJ, U.K. More information on NetScreen’s products in Europe can be found at http://www.netscreen.com or by calling +44 0 8700 75 00 00.

* Determination based on vendors, included in the report, with greater than one percent market share in the overall firewall and VPN market as reported by IDC.




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