Spearheads The Evolution Of Firewall Technology With Policy Enforcement
Strong position in Magic Quadrant Follows Top Marks from Network Computing and PC World; Customers Applaud Sygate’s Advanced Firewall Functionality and Sophisticated Policy Enforcement Capabilities
FREMONT, Calif.-July 7, 2003-Sygate Technologies, the market leader of enterprise endpoint security solutions, announced today it has demonstrated significant industry momentum, having won a series of industry awards and accolades over the past two quarters that validate Sygate’s position as a thought and technology leader. In February 2003, Sygate was awarded Network Computing’s prestigious Editor’s Choice award for placing first out of five in a rigorous comparative review of centrally managed desktop firewall solutions. In April 2003, Network Computing recognized Sygate again with a Well-Connected award in the category of Desktop Firewall security. In June 2003, Sygate announced its personal firewall was awarded PC World’s World Class Award for 2003, and today, in a separate announcement, Sygate also announced it secured a leadership quadrant position in Gartner’s recently released Personal Firewall Magic Quadrant.
Industry validation of Sygate and its flagship enterprise endpoint security solution, Sygate Secure Enterprise (SSE), reflects the changing dynamics of firewall technology and the increasingly sophisticated security requirements of today’s large organizations which require innovative technologies and a more strategic, holistic approach to network protection. “This trend has been acknowledged by Gartner in both the Personal Firewall Magic Quadrant, and in a separate report, Personal Firewall Market Assessment, published in June 2003, where Gartner predicted that, “in an effort to stay competitive, personal firewall vendors will enhance their products with more sophisticated detection methods, analysis and reporting tools.” Additionally, in a June 2003 antivirus report, Gartner analysts Arabella Hallawell and Richard Stiennon state, “Enterprises must look beyond traditional AV for controlling their risk of malicious code infection. That will require enterprises not only to look at new tools, but also to choose vendors and platforms based on their histories of vulnerabilities, patch management and end-user lockdown strategies.
“The level of control Sygate’s SSE delivers over network endpoints makes it much more than a centrally managed personal firewall,” said Ken Tyminski, chief information security officer, Prudential Financial. “Sygate’s automated policy enforcement capabilities ensure that no endpoint can access the network unless it is in a trusted state. Innovative technologies that offer an increased level of automation and control over the network are a needed and welcome addition to the market, and support Prudential’s success in implementing and maintaining effective security policies across the entire organization.”
“Our mantra in evaluating security products-especially on the desktop-is measurement and management, and Sygate enables us to do both things well,” said Kerry Ruhl, director of computer & information systems security, Unisys. “We required an environment where we could change firewall rules on the fly from a central location and push them out to all desktops as needed, and SSE provided those capabilities. We also consider SSE’s ability to eliminate VPN and antivirus vulnerabilities and lock down endpoints to be highly advantageous.”
“When it comes to securing mobile computers and enforcing user policies on the same computers, it doesn’t get any better than SSE. With SSE, we only need to buy one product instead of a separate firewall, IDS, policy enforcement and user provisioning,” said Jim Kirby, Wells Dairy. “We save time in deployment, and the wealth of features in SSE even save us time in troubleshooting – and I’m particularly impressed with Sygate’s location-based policy enforcement!”
As global 2000 companies look for more sophisticated protection, the ability to automate manual processes around policy enforcement offers a significant advantage that results in increased control over dynamic network endpoints. Sygate’s success in the marketplace mirrors the evolving security needs of large, complex enterprise networks, as well as the need for the firewall market to offer adaptive protection such as automated policy enforcement flexible enough to remain a strategic component of an overall security program.
“Our goal is to make sure that our customers are 100 percent compliant with their security policies, 100 percent of the time,” said John De Santis, CEO, Sygate. “Our customers tell us that the freedom they achieve from not having to worry if a user’s antivirus software is on and up-to-date, or compromised by a Trojan or a worm, or from knowing that a user won’t be able to connect to the network unless certain patches are installed, is a huge asset to them. We plan to make enforcement the rule rather than the exception, and are encouraged by consistent customer feedback that they value SSE as a powerful tool that enables companies to gain control of their networks.”
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 www.sygate.com or call (866) 308-8899.
Unisys is a worldwide information technology services and solutions company. Our people combine expertise in systems integration, outsourcing, infrastructure, server technology and consulting with precision thinking and relentless execution to help clients, in more than 100 countries, quickly and efficiently achieve competitive advantage. For more information, visit www.unisys.com. Unisys is a registered trademark of Unisys Corporation.
Spearheads The Evolution Of Firewall Technology With Policy Enforcement