Endforce, Inc. And Shavlik Technologies, LLC Announce Licensing Agreement To Deliver Industry Leading Endpoint Security Capability

Dublin, Ohio and St. Paul, Minnesota, May 19, 2004—ENDFORCE, Inc., the provider of the first and only proven vendor-neutral solution for the definition and enforcement of endpoint security policies, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Shavlik Technologies, LLC, a leading provider of security patch management solutions. As part of the agreement, ENDFORCE will integrate Shavlik’s security patch assessment application into the ENDFORCE Enterprise software, allowing companies to assess patch compliance status on devices running Microsoft Windows operating systems, including Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

“Corporate and government networks continue to remain extremely vulnerable to threats posed by endpoints attempting to log in to virtual private networks,” said Dennis Brouwer, senior vice president, business development, ENDFORCE. “Our vendor-neutral endpoint enforcement expertise, combined with Shavlik’s operating system patch assessment capability, will allow companies to identify and isolate vulnerable endpoints before network access is granted.”

ENDFORCE protects enterprises by providing positive enforcement of security policies for endpoints across a broad range of security applications, network infrastructure, and operating systems. Prior to authentication, ENDFORCE detects unsecured endpoints and prevents them from accessing corporate resources, ensuring that potential vulnerabilities remain isolated on the endpoint until it is brought into compliance. Founded in 1999, ENDFORCE products currently perform more than four million security assurances per month. The company enables enterprises to centrally DEFINE security policies for network endpoints, consistently ASSESS compliance prior to network access, comprehensively REPORT the state of compliance over time, and proactively ENFORCE compliance for leading security applications and operating systems.

Shavlik enjoys an outstanding reputation as a pioneer in patch management. Shavlik HFNetChkPro security patch management product has more than four million seats in use today. The HFNetChk engine is a key part of Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) which was developed for Microsoft by Shavlik Technologies. As a result, Shavlik HFNetChkPro is used worldwide by thousands of corporations, educational institutions, government agencies and other businesses. Companies using Shavlik HFNetChkPro see fewer successful attacks and a significant decrease in network and system failures, lost productivity and liability risk.

“A network is only as secure as the machines running on it,” said Mark Shavlik, president and CEO of Shavlik Technologies. “With the proliferation of network endpoints, the decision to allow or deny network access cannot be made by potentially vulnerable devices. By partnering with ENDFORCE, we’re helping give the enterprise the power to assess security compliance and maintain a high level of security.”

About Shavlik Technologies, LLC

Shavlik Technologies is a leading security products and services firm headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota. The company helps information technology managers and administrators manage computer system security including assessment, security scanning and remediation of security vulnerabilities due to missing patches, weak accounts and passwords. Shavlik’s solutions include Shavlik HFNetChkPro, the industry standard for security patch management, and Shavlik EnterpriseInspector, a powerful network inspection tool. Shavlik’s solutions and those from its partners can be used to secure desktop and mobile computers with both agent and agentless technology. Shavlik’s partners in technology include BindView, Marimba, Microsoft, Mobile Automation, NetIQ, Quest Software and Symantec. Shavlik software solutions are relied on worldwide by thousands of corporations, educational institutions, government agencies and other businesses, and its premier security services group provides patch management strategy and implementation services. Shavlik can be reached at 800-690-6911, info@shavlik.com or at www.shavlik.com.

About ENDFORCE, Inc.

ENDFORCE provides the only proven, vendor-neutral framework that enables enterprise security executives to define and enforce endpoint security policies for their mobile users. ENDFORCE has established itself as a leader by creating innovative software that automates the design, deployment, and ongoing management of configurations and security policies for both fixed and mobile endpoints. Based in Dublin, Ohio, ENDFORCE is privately held, with investors including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Invesco Private Capital, and Microsoft. For more information visit www.endforce.com or call 866-777-2537.

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