ENDFORCE Joins Trusted Computing Group To Promote Development Of Open Industry Standard Specifications For Endpoint Integrity

Dublin, Ohio, Aug. 9, 2004—ENDFORCE, Inc., the first software-only, vendor-neutral solution for the definition and enforcement of network endpoint security policies, today announced it has joined the Trusted Computing Group (TCG), an open industry standards organization whose specifications help vendors build products that let users protect critical data and information. ENDFORCE representatives will work directly with TCG members to develop an open industry standard to help secure endpoint host connections to networks.

“Securing endpoints prior to network access remains a critical mandate for CSOs in protecting organizational infrastructure,” said ENDFORCE Chief Architect Mark Anthony Beadles. “ENDFORCE is fully committed to working with TCG and other industry partners to help bring about the awareness and understanding necessary for effective compliance and enforcement of endpoint security policy. We look forward to collaborating with TCG to develop this important vendor-neutral, open standard specification.”

The Trusted Network Connect specification for multi-vendor networks will provide a common architecture that will enable vendors to develop specific, interoperable solutions that will establish “trust” in the state of an endpoint, maintain access policy, and provide quarantine measure for those machines judged to be non-compliant.. ENDFORCE will be an active participant in the creation of the TNC specification.

“We are pleased to welcome ENDFORCE to our growing membership,” said Nancy Sumrall, chairman, TCG marketing work group. “We believe ENDFORCE’s focus on vendor-neutrality is a strength that will play an integral role in the development of our open standard to protect organizations from the threats posed by mobile endpoints.”

ENDFORCE Enterprise protects enterprises by providing positive enforcement of security policies for network endpoints across a broad range of security applications, infrastructure and operating systems. Prior to authentication, ENDFORCE Enterprise detects unsecured endpoints and prevents them from accessing corporate resources, ensuring that potential vulnerabilities remain isolated and protecting the enterprise until the compromised endpoint is brought into compliance.

ENDFORCE software currently performs over five million security assurances per month. The company’s software 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.

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 www.trustedcomputinggroup.org.

About ENDFORCE, Inc.

ENDFORCE provides the first software-only, vendor-neutral framework that enables enterprise security administrators and executives to define and enforce endpoint security policies for their 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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