Sygate Joins Trusted Computing Group To Develop Open Industry Standard Specification For Securing Endpoint Host Connections To Networks

May 11, 2004 – Sygate Technologies, the market leader of enterprise endpoint security solutions, today announced it has joined the Trusted Computing Group (TCG), an organization whose specifications help vendors build products that let users protect critical data and information. Sygate representatives will work closely with other TCG members on the development of an open specification to help secure endpoint host connections to networks. The Trusted Network Connect (TNC) specification, anticipated to be available later this year, will assist in protecting networks from viruses, worms, denial of service attacks and host software vulnerabilities by allowing users to enforce security policies to prevent vulnerable or untrusted systems from connecting to the network.

The TNC sub-group evolved as a result of Sygate’s and TCG’s efforts to bring a group of companies together to address interoperability and security issues, and develop standards around network integrity. The specification effort complements TCG’s efforts to provide building blocks that help secure critical data and information across a variety of platforms, and is aligned with Sygate’s mission to ensure the integrity of any IP-enabled device on a network.

“Joining the TCG underscores Sygate’s ongoing leadership in delivering technology, based upon open industry standards, that safeguards today’s enterprises against damage and loss by ensuring that only trusted devices gain access to corporate resources,” said Babak Salimi, executive director, technology and corporate strategy, Sygate Technologies. “We’re delighted the TCG has embraced this vision for endpoint integrity and interoperable solutions, and are honored to be working with such an impressive roster of partners to kick off this important initiative.”

Sygate ensures that all network endpoints are in compliance with security policies 100 percent of the time, regardless of connectivity method or location, or network infrastructure. The company’s flagship product, Sygate Secure Enterprise, was released in 2000 and is recognized for being first to market with a breakthrough solution that protects networks from compromised devices, users and applications. Recent milestones include: Sygate was named by Red Herring as one of the top 100 private companies of 2004; its revenues more than doubled from 2002 to 2003; Gartner Group, a prominent research firm based in Connecticut, placed Sygate in the leadership position in its 2003 Personal Firewall Magic Quadrant; and Network Computing honored Sygate Secure Enterprise with its prestigious Editor’s Choice award.

In addition to Sygate, current members of the Trusted Network Connect sub-group include: Dell, HP, Intel, Juniper Networks, Symantec, Funk Software, Meetinghouse Data Communications, and Trend Micro, as well as other technology industry leaders. The Trusted Network Connect specification will also complement client security enabled by Platform Module (TPM), a microchip that stores encryption keys, passwords and digital certificates in platforms. Networks with systems not using TPMs can also be protected at endpoints.

Sygate also announced today its participation in The InteropNet Labs (iLabs) – a cutting-edge, vendor-neutral lab environment that tests, improves and showcases early implementations of open-standard networking technologies. The iLabs also serves as a center for providing practical education and information to the NetWorld+Interop community on standards-based networking technologies. Sygate will demonstrate its LAN Enforcement capabilities, which ensure the proper level of access is given to any system connecting to the network by enforcing that hosts (endpoints) are compliant with security policies.

About Trusted Computing Group
TCG is an industry standards body formed to develop, define, and promote open standards for trusted computing and security technologies, including hardware building blocks and software interfaces, across multiple platforms, peripherals, and devices. TCG specifications are designed to enable more secure computing environments without compromising functional integrity with the primary goal of helping users to protect their information assets from compromise due to external software attack and physical theft. More information and the organization’s specifications are available at the Trusted Computing Group’s website,

About Sygate Technologies
Sygate is the market leader of endpoint security solutions for the large enterprise. Using Sygate Secure Enterprise, the world’s largest organizations protect their networks, enforce business policies, and automate security practices to regain control of network security, reduce costs, and ensure compliance across the organization. Partnerships with industry leaders, including Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Juniper Networks, Aventail, Nortel, Enterasys, Extreme Networks, 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 or call (866) 308-8899.

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