TippingPoint’s UnityOne Intrusion Prevention System Wins NSS Gold Award in Comprehensive, Side-by-Side Vendor Comparison

Austin, Texas – Jan. 19, 2004 – TippingPoint Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: TPTI), the leaders in high-speed intrusion prevention, today announced that the UnityOne Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) is the first and only product to win the coveted NSS Gold Award in the IPS space. The industry-wide, head-to-head analysis included ISS, Network Associates, Cisco, Top Layer, and NetScreen.

President of The NSS Group Bob Walder said, “The NSS Gold Award is a standard that we carefully reserve for products that we deem near perfect at the time of testing. In our testing, which covered all aspects of performance, security accuracy and usability, TippingPoint demonstrated outstanding levels of performance. In fact, TippingPoint’s product is the only gigabit IPS we tested that accurately blocked 100% of our attack suite without blocking any legitimate traffic at full wire speed.”

The suite of over 750 individual tests is by far the most comprehensive in the industry. Each product was evaluated for performance characteristics, security accuracy and usability. The complete test results are available at www.nss.co.uk /ips.

In the performance category, the UnityOne IPS demonstrated switch-like latency and gigabit throughput under all test conditions. In some latency tests, the UnityOne outperformed the competition by an order of magnitude. Furthermore, in the application latency tests, TippingPoint was the only vendor that did not impact response times under any load conditions.

With regard to security accuracy, the UnityOne was flawless and resilient to all forms of evasion. According to Walder, “The TippingPoint UnityOne achieved the highest out-of-the-box score in all of our signature recognition, false negative, and false positive tests.”

In the usability category, the UnityOne Security Management System was considered best-of-breed. In addition to an intuitive interface, the alert handling, analysis and reporting were deemed flexible, powerful and easy to use. The policy editor was highlighted as the best ever seen by The NSS Group.

“I’m very excited and honored to have The NSS Group’s independent testing and Gold Award validate the strengths of our product, our architectural approach, and our claim to be the industry leader in intrusion prevention,” said TippingPoint’s CEO Kip McClanahan. “2004 is shaping up to be the year of the IPS, and TippingPoint is dedicated to helping customers learn about intrusion prevention and how to secure their businesses.”

TippingPoint’s family of UnityOne Intrusion Prevention Systems is able to perform total packet flow inspection through Layer 7 with microsecond latencies for real time traffic analysis. The UnityOne is kept up-to-date through a Digital Vaccine service that regularly updates customer devices with new vulnerability-based filters.

About The NSS Group

The NSS Group is Europe’s foremost independent security testing facility. Based in the UK with separate security and network infrastructure testing facilities in the South of France, The NSS Group offers a range of specialist IT, networking and security-related services to vendors and end-user organisations world-wide. The Group consists of two wholly-owned subsidiaries: NSS Network Testing Laboratories and Network Security Services. Output from the labs, including detailed research reports, articles and white papers on the latest network and security technologies, are made available on the NSS web site at http://www.nss.co.uk

About TippingPoint Technologies

TippingPoint Technologies is the leading provider of network-based intrusion prevention systems that deliver in-depth protection and attack eradication for corporate enterprises, government agencies, service providers and academic institutions. Our innovative approach offers customers an effective network-based security solution with unrivaled economics, ultra-high performance, scalability and reliability. TippingPoint is based in Austin, Texas and can be contacted through its Web site at www.tippingpoint.com or by telephone at 1-88UNITYONE.

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