Aventail Partners with Akaba, Foundstone, Qualys, Sanctum and VIGILANTe to Guarantee Security on Any Network and with Any Application

Seattle, WA – September 23, 2003 – Aventail Corporation, the leading provider of SSL VPN appliances and services, today announced partnerships with the leading vulnerability assessment vendors, including Akaba, Foundstone, Qualys, Sanctum and VIGILANTe**(see vendor quote sheet). Available immediately, organizations can select one of these leading vulnerability assessment vendors to assess the security of the Aventail EX-1500 in real-world conditions. With today’s news, Aventail offers the only vulnerability assessment program that guarantees the security of its SSL VPN solutions on any network and with any application. “By partnering with the leading vulnerability assessment vendors, Aventail can help organizations proactively verify the network security readiness of the EX-1500 working in their network and application environments,” said Zeus Kerravala, vice president of Enterprise Infrastructure for The Yankee Group. “This helps ensure peace of mind for IT and security organizations that the EX-1500 SSL VPN appliance does not expose security risks for their unique network environment. Vulnerability assessment should become a gold standard for anyone interested in evaluating or purchasing an SSL VPN.”

Aventail’s dedication to security is evident through every stage of product design, development, and testing, as well as the company’s commitment to drive the industry’s first SSL VPN certification by ICSA Labs. New partnerships with the industry’s leading network and application vulnerability assessment vendors further builds on this commitment by ensuring that Aventail’s products are secure enough to meet the needs of any organization. This gives organizations the confidence they need to expand the perimeters for remote access to employees, customers, and business partners.

“Every day, thousands of companies depend on Aventail’s proven SSL VPN technology to cost effectively access Web and client/server applications from remote locations and devices,” said Sarah Daniels, VP of product management and marketing for Aventail. “Verifiable network security is yet another key advantage for our Aventail EX-1500 appliance, which already offers the broadest access methods, the deepest support for multiple platforms, and the industry’s most granular policy management.” For more information on how to select a leading vulnerability assessment vendor to run a live scan on the EX-1500 in your network environment, please visit


About Aventail
Aventail, the recognized clientless SSL VPN leader, is changing the way organizations define secure remote access. The company’s clientless VPN appliances and services provide employees and business partners with transparent, anywhere access to any application from any Internet-enabled device.

Aventail has received numerous awards and accolades from the industry’s top publications and analyst firms. These include recognition as a leader in both the 2003 Gartner SSL VPN and Managed Remote Access Magic Quadrants; recognition as one of Computerworld’s 100 Emerging Companies; winner of InfoWorld’s Hot Product, Network Magazine’s Product of the Year award, Giga Information Group’s Emerging Technology Scene – Best Overall Network Product, and the Crossroads A-List Award.

More than half a million users and 500 global organizations have purchased Aventail’s SSL VPN solutions, making Aventail the most widely deployed and proven SSL VPN on the planet. Aventail’s customers include industry leaders such as Aetna, Cerner Corporation, DuPont, Ernst & Young Global LLP, FMC, IBM Global Services, and Mount Sinai NYU. For more information on Aventail, visit www.aventail.com.

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