Aventail and NetContinuum Partner To Deliver Industry-Leading Solution For Application-Layer Security

Seattle, WA / Santa Clara, CA — September 8, 2004 — Aventail, the leading SSL VPN product company, and NetContinuum, the worldwide leader in application firewalls, today announced a partnership that will provide enterprise customers with the most comprehensive solution available for application-layer security. The new solution combines the strongest protection possible for mission-critical application data from NetContinuum with the highest level of application-aware remote access for employees and business partners from Aventail.

“The integration of an SSL VPN and application firewall makes perfect sense and provides companies with the essential capability of secure remote access with application-specific access control and attack prevention,” said Mark Bouchard, senior analyst at META Group, a leading provider of IT research, advisory services and strategic consulting. “In the same way that network-layer VPNs and firewalls became more tightly integrated in the mid 1990s, we expect application-layer VPNs and firewalls to do the same.”

The joint Aventail-NetContinuum offering is the first in the industry to combine best-of-breed application firewall and SSL VPN technology, giving customers a comprehensive solution for application-layer security. Using the joint solution, enterprise customers will be able to:

· Safely extend Web applications to customers, partners and employees
· Enable cost-effective secure remote access to any enterprise application
· Ensure that all application users are authenticated and authorized
· Validate that application users do not bring viruses or malware into the network
· Ensure that sensitive application data is always transmitted in encrypted format
· Protect applications against SQL injection, cross-site scripting and all other attacks
· Proactively block new unknown attacks in custom-built applications
· Ensure that critical business data cannot be viewed or stolen
· Protect mission-critical applications from identity and credit card theft

Engineering teams from both companies have tested the joint solution to ensure interoperability and ease of implementation. The two companies will also be working with each other’s channel partners to ease distribution, joint sales, training and implementation of the products.

“Customers are increasingly demanding application-aware security products designed with the realities of today’s web-centric business environment in mind. Aventail and NetContinuum are leaders in this space, and we are thrilled to offer this joint solution to our customers,” said Joseph Dell, CTO of Vigilar, an information security solution provider based in Georgia that resells both Aventail and NetContinuum products. “This is the perfect marriage because Aventail and NetContinuum fundamentally understand the need to provide easy and quick access to application resources while providing absolute security against all types of attacks and threats.”

Solution Availability

The joint Aventail-NetContinuum solution is available today from participating resellers and channel partners throughout North America. It is supported by a joint configuration and deployment guide that details tested configurations and highlights recommendations for successful implementation.

About NetContinuum

NetContinuum is the leading provider of ASIC-based application firewalls that deliver the highest level of application protection available. The NetContinuum Application Security Gateway product line reduces the risk of data theft, financial fraud and loss of customer confidence due to web application attacks. NetContinuum is listed as the most “visionary” company on Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Firewalls and boasts an impressive customer base comprised of Fortune 1000 enterprises, government agencies and service providers. Founded in 1999, NetContinuum is a privately held company based in Santa Clara, Calif. For more information, please visit www.netcontinuum.com or call 408-961-5600.

About Aventail
Aventail is the leading SSL VPN product company and the authority on clientless anywhere secure access. Aventail’s appliances and managed services deliver secure, seamless access from anywhere, to any application, on any device. Aventail is positioned in the Leader quadrant in Gartner’s 2004 SSL VPN Magic Quadrant and was recently awarded “Best VPN” by SC Magazine. Major service providers such as AT&T, MCI, Sprint, and Bell Canada have built their SSL VPN managed service businesses on Aventail’s SSL VPN technology. To find out what Aventail customers like Aetna, DuPont, Office Depot and Sanyo already know about Aventail’s SSL VPN, go to www.aventail.com.

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