Nissho Electronics And Netcontinuum Partner to Bring Web Application Security and DMZ Efficiency To Japanese Market

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Jan. 12, 2004 – NetContinuum, the leading provider of ASIC-based web and application security appliances, today announced a distributor partnership with Nissho Electronics Corporation, one of Japan’s top technology distributors. Under the terms of the agreement, NetContinuum will become the premier application security provider within Nissho’s portfolio of top enterprise security vendors.

Nissho identified the need for a new product that can deliver a comprehensive security solution for web applications about 6 months ago, according to Takashi Fukuda, Senior Managing Executive Director at Nissho Electronics. “NetContinuum products will be central to our security solutions strategy for business-critical applications in the Japanese marketplace,” he said.

Toshi Kibe, General Manager of Nissho’s Business Development Division, said that while companies in Japan clearly understand how the web can improve business efficiency, security concerns and over all system expense have held back broad web deployment of mission critical applications. “The NetContinuum product line directly addresses these issues,” said Kibe.

Nissho chose NetContinuum’s Web Security Gateway product line due to the product’s comprehensive combination of application security technologies including SSL encryption, web attack prevention, and integrated traffic management capabilities delivered in a single, tightly integrated appliance. “We tested numerous web and application security products and found that NetContinuum by far offers the highest degree of security, reliability and scalability,” Kibe said. “The NetContinuum ASIC-based platform is absolutely the right approach for the Japanese market.”

NetContinuum’s CEO Gene Banman said he feels the Japanese market holds tremendous revenue opportunity for the company. “Nissho’s extensive experience delivering mission-critical IT infrastructure into the Japan market makes them an ideal partner for NetContinuum. Together we can help Japanese companies accelerate business usage of the web and help drive business costs down.”

The NetContinuum NC-1000 Web Security Gateway is an inline security appliance that conducts deep inspection of inbound and outbound web traffic to block attacks at both the network and application layers. This ensures the confidentiality, integrity and availability of web applications and improves the overall efficiency of the DMZ.

Powered by the largest security ASIC ever built, the NC-1000 combines all critical DMZ functionality into a single, high-performance appliance to completely secure application resources at a much lower cost than alternative security technologies. Primary product features include full website cloaking to hide application details, integrated network and application firewall technology to fully protect applications from compromise, built-in SSL encryption to secure data in transit, and integrated load balancing and caching to ensure application availability and optimize performance.

About Nissho Electronics Corporation
Since its inception in 1969, Nissho Electronics Corporation has provided best-in-breed technology products and services from around the world to the Japanese market. As one of Japan’s leading distributors and system integrators, Nissho Electronics handles various products and services from over a hundred business partners in the fields of information technology, telecommunications, semiconductors and electronics. With over 1000 staff, 20 offices throughout Japan and two offices in the US for efficient international communications, Nissho Electronics can support our customers on site 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information, please visit our website at: or call us at 408-969-9700.

About NetContinuum, Inc.
NetContinuum is the leading provider of ASIC-based web security appliances that consolidate all critical DMZ functionality into a single system to enable cost-effective deployment of secure web applications. NetContinuum is listed in the “visionary” quadrant on Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Firewalls. 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 or call 408-961-5600.

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