Oblix Selects NetContinuum Web Security Solution

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Nov. 19, 2003 – NetContinuum, a leading provider of ASIC-based web security appliances, today announced that Oblix, a top developer of identity-based security solutions, has selected its NC-1000 Web Security Gateway to protect web-based resources. In addition to providing attack prevention security for its websites and applications, Oblix will also utilize the NC-1000 Web Security Gateway to reduce overall IT management costs by consolidating s

everal pieces of data center equipment and digital certificates. “Ensuring the confidentiality, integrity and availability of both our website and applications are a top priority for Oblix,” said Bruce Fingles, director of information technology at Oblix. “We understand what is required to secure crucial data and only select and deploy products that are optimized for maximum security and network performance.”

Industry experts estimate that up to 70% of all attacks today target web and application-layer vulnerabilities that traditional network firewalls cannot adequately protect against. With the rate of critical application vulnerabilities increasing every day, staying ahead of new attacks, hackers, and automated worms has become nearly impossible.

Oblix selected the NetContinuum solution to secure and optimize performance of a variety of application resources including web and application servers, public and partner facing websites, and packaged and custom-built applications. Oblix will also benefit from significant cost savings by leveraging NetContinuum’s integrated load balancing, SSL acceleration and certificate management capabilities.

“NetContinuum’s unique feature set helps Oblix significantly reduce our equipment overhead and management costs,” Fingles said. “Keeping our IT costs down without sacrificing security or performance are real business drivers for our organization.”

Unlike traditional firewalls, NetContinuum’s unique deep inspection technology dynamically profiles web applications in real time, inspecting each request in its entirety, and enforcing legitimate behavior without relying on signature databases. This next-generation architecture allows NetContinuum to block both known and unknown web attacks at all layers, enabling companies to stay ahead of new vulnerabilities, speed web application deployments, and control costly application patch cycles.

About the NC-1000
Powered by the largest security ASIC ever built, the NC-1000 combines all critical web security functionality into a single, high-performance appliance to completely secure web resources at a much lower cost than alternative security technologies. Primary product features include full website cloaking to hide application details, comprehensive web attack prevention to fully protect applications from attack, built-in SSL encryption to secure data in transit, and integrated load balancing and caching to ensure application availability and optimize performance. The NC-1000 also includes a full certificate authority that allows organizations to purchase just one digital certificate and create self-signed certificates for all back-end servers and applications at no additional cost.

About Oblix, Inc.
Oblix, Inc. is a leading developer of identity-based security solutions for eBusiness networks. The company’s flagship product, Oblix NetPointR, is an enterprise identity management and Web access control solution that provides an identity infrastructure for an entire eBusiness environment. Based on Web services architecture, Oblix NetPoint includes rich identity management functionality and provides access control with single sign-on to enterprise applications. This combination significantly lowers IT costs for organizations conducting business on the Web. Global corporations such as AT&T Wireless, APL, Banorte, Blockbuster, British Airways, Cemex, Country Companies, Farmers Group, General Motors, Hitachi, i2 Technologies, Intuit, Medtronic, Norsk Hydro, Old Mutual, Stanford University, Telefonica, Tellabs, Wachovia, Xerox and many more rely on Oblix solutions. Oblix investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Apax Partners, Van Wagoner Capital Management, Cisco Systems, Intel 64 Fund, Focus Ventures, Credit Suisse First Boston, JP Morgan, Sumitomo Corporation and Novell, Inc. With offices in North America and Europe, Oblix is headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., and can be reached at 408-861-6800.

About NetContinuum, Inc.
NetContinuum is a leading provider of enterprise-class web security gateways – next-generation web security appliances designed to secure applications and protect against web attacks. NetContinuum is listed in the “visionary” quadrant on Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Firewalls and was named a “Top 10 Start-up to Watch” by Network World Magazine. Privately held, NetContinuum has secured more than $55 Million in funding from blue-chip venture capital firms and investors, including Palomar Ventures, Menlo Ventures, NIF Ventures/Daiwa Securities, Adams Street Partners, Invus Group, MKS Ventures, and Siemens. For more information, please visit www.netcontinuum.com or call 408-961-5600.

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