Sygate Achieves Leader Quadrant Position In Personal Firewall Magic Quadrant

Superior Vision, Greater Functionality, Execution Ability and Initiative Are Key Factors for Leader Quadrant Position; Report States Personal Firewalls Are an “Immediate Priority” for the Enterprise

FREMONT, Calif.-July 7, 2003-Sygate Technologies, the market leader of enterprise endpoint security solutions, announced today that it is positioned in the leaders quadrant in Gartner’s recently released Personal Firewall Magic Quadrant. The report, authored by John Girard, vice president and research director at Gartner, evaluates 12 vendors for their ability to firewall remote, mobile and wireless user workstations from network-borne attacks. Sygate was positioned in the leaders quadrant, having met a rigorous set of criteria that includes the ability to drive market progress through competition, a high degree of visibility, aggressive sales growth, and enhanced functionality with impressive policy control capabilities. Sygate exhibited its ability to execute by demonstrating business value, generating positive client feedback, and creating a strong set of technology partnerships – including the first industry partnership with an SSL VPN vendor.

Sygate’s leaders quadrant position in Gartner’s Personal Firewall Magic Quadrant reflects the changing dynamics of firewall technology and the increasingly sophisticated security requirements of today’s large organizations. In a separate report, Personal Firewall Market Assessment report (June 2003), Gartner states “Enterprises must accept that their immediate priority is to install and operate Personal Firewalls to protect all of their exposed workstations, not to wait for an idealized, integrated single product. Spyware, keystroke monitoring, file shares, denial-of-service attacks and other exploits beyond the scope of antivirus tools threaten remote machines and, by extension, place enterprises’ IT resources at risk.”

The report predicts that, “in an effort to stay competitive, personal firewall vendors will enhance their products with more sophisticated detection methods, analysis and reporting tools.” Sygate Secure Enterprise (SSE) has led the industry in delivering comprehensive, automated enforcement of endpoint security policies across the enterprise. This functionality includes the ability to restore non-complaint endpoints (desktops, laptops, and servers) to a “trusted,” or compliant state. Sygate’s architecture provides large enterprises a platform to eliminate new exposures without requiring new investments. Sygate customers include such industry leading technology users as Prudential Financial, Wells Dairy, Unisys, and Diebold.

“Earning a leaders quadrant position in Gartner’s Personal Firewall Magic Quadrant reflects our commitment to provide the best enterprise security technology available,” said John De Santis, CEO, Sygate. “In an effort to address our customers’ security requirements, we’ve leveraged our award-winning firewall technology to deliver market-leading functionality, that integrates well with their existing investments as demonstrated by our position in the quadrant. It also furthers our commitment to champion automated policy enforcement as the strategic direction of firewall technology, by offering large organizations the ability to increase control over network endpoints, reduce costs, and ensure compliance across the organization.”

Twelve vendors were evaluated in the Magic Quadrant based on completeness of vision and ability to execute. The criteria used to determine completeness of vision include: strategic leadership, breadth of solution, and enhanced features. Gartner assesses a company’s ability to execute based on: business clout, client feedback, and business health.

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted June 2003 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission, which permission should not be deemed to be an endorsement of any company or product depicted in the quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is Gartner, Inc.’s opinion and is an analytical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It measures vendors against Gartner defined criteria for a marketplace. The positioning of vendors within a Magic Quadrant is based on the complex interplay of many factors. Gartner does not advise enterprises to select only those firms in the “Leaders” quadrant. In some situations, firms in the Visionary, Challenger, or Niche Player quadrants may be the right matches for an enterprise’s requirements. Well-informed vendor selection decisions should rely on more than a Magic Quadrant. Gartner research is intended to be one of many information sources including other published information and direct analyst interaction. Gartner, Inc. expressly disclaims all warranties, express or implied, of fitness of this research for a particular purpose.

About Sygate Secure Enterprise

Differentiated by its highly scalable, multi-tier architecture, Sygate Secure Enterprise (SSE) combines strong endpoint security measures with automated policy enforcement capabilities. Specifically designed to meet the needs of global organizations, SSE allows for large-scale, rapid deployments and ensures that only computing devices with up-to-date anti-virus, firewall, intrusion detection system, and software patches are connected to corporate data. In addition, only approved software applications can run in a Sygate-secured environment. With agents on every endpoint and access point on the network, the only users who can access corporate data are those deemed trustworthy by predetermined corporate security policies.

About Sygate Technologies, Inc.

Sygate is the market leader of endpoint security solutions for the large enterprise. Using Sygate Secure Enterprise, the world’s largest enterprises protect their networks, enforce business policies, and automate security practices to maintain control of network security, reduce costs, and ensure compliance across the organization. Partnerships with industry leaders, including Netscreen, Nortel, Cisco, RSA, and iPass, enable Sygate’s technology to operate seamlessly across multiple platforms and applications. Sygate Technologies is a privately held company headquartered in Fremont, California. For more information, please visit or call (866) 308-8899.

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