ENDFORCE Joins Network Admission Control (NAC) Program

Dublin, Ohio, Jan. 31, 2005, —ENDFORCE, the leading choice for interoperable, context aware endpoint security, today announced it has joined the Network Admission Control (NAC) program. The NAC program is an industry effort led by Cisco Systems that is designed to use the network infrastructure to enforce endpoint security policy compliance on devices looking for access to networks and prevents malicious attacks.

NAC supports the Self Defending Network, Cisco’s strategy for integrated security systems that help identify, prevent, and adapt to threats. ENDFORCE’s flagship ENDFORCE Enterprise will integrate with Cisco NAC elements to provide a complete security lifecycle management solution throughout the enterprise, from endpoint security policy enforcement to network switching infrastructure, enabling security administrators to build safer networks and helping to defend against known and unknown Internet threats.

“Collaboration with industry leaders like Cisco further demonstrates the commitment to provide our customers with an optimized security solution, from the network infrastructure to enterprise security policy enforcement,” said ENDFORCE President and CEO Greg Moore. “The integration with Cisco NAC technology brings to our mutual customers the assurance that their endpoint policy enforcement software and networks are designed to be interoperable, across both LAN and WAN environments.”

With ENDFORCE, corporate IT and security managers can quickly and effectively address the problem of endpoint security. ENDFORCE Enterprise deals with the challenges of a dynamic workforce in a diverse environment by using Context Aware Authorization (CONTEXT) technology, a combination of powerful assessment and reporting tools with the broadest range of enforcement capabilities. CONTEXT technology enables authorization of user access to corporate resources within the context of their organizational role, access method, machine health and vulnerabilities. ENDFORCE Enterprise allows corporations to assess and enforce endpoint security policies for all users on the network, including contractors, tele-workers, remote users, and office-based workers. Rogue machines are automatically quarantined, without the need for network re-engineering. Whether a machine connects via the LAN or remote VPN, ENDFORCE Enterprise solves the problem.

“We are pleased to welcome ENDFORCE to the NAC program,” said Russell Rice, director of product marketing in the Security Technology Group at Cisco. “Cisco recognizes that no one company can solve the complex and ever-changing threat landscape. A key benefit of NAC is that it allows customers the ability to improve their endpoint security policy enforcement through an open framework.”

For more information about Cisco’s NAC program, visit www.cisco.com/go/nac.

About ENDFORCE, Inc.
ENDFORCE, the leading choice for interoperable endpoint security, 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. ENDFORCE is privately held, with investors including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Invesco Private Capital. For more information visit www.endforce.com or call 866-777-2537. For more information visit www.endforce.net or call 866.777.2537.

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