TippingPoint Intrusion Prevention Systems Recognized As “Best Practice” By Leading Industry Research Firm

AUSTIN, Texas August 23, 2005 TippingPoint, a division of 3Com and the leader in intrusion prevention, today announced its TippingPoint Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) was recognized as a “Best Practice” in security from the AberdeenGroup, a leading research organization. Their 2005 report entitled, “Best Practices in Security: Network and Infrastructure,” explores the benefits of the TippingPoint IPS deployed at Carreker Corporation, a leading provider of technology and consulting solutions for financial institutions.

“According to our research, 84 percent of all firms report that Internet security events have disrupted and disabled their business operations during the last three years,” said John Fontanella, a senior vice president at AberdeenGroup. “The economic impact from revenue losses tied to these disruptions is huge. We estimate each disruption costs a company over one half percent of its annual revenue. The companies profiled in our study represent the best examples of strategically balancing the fundamental issue of how much unfettered access to allow while maintaining a security program that met established risk, regulatory and compliance requirements. In the heavily regulated financial services industry, AberdeenGroup found that Carreker Corporation did an impressive job of fulfilling its security strategy while increasing the value its business can deliver.”

“IPS has become a requirement for defense-in-depth security, and TippingPoint is recognized as the gold standard,” said Gulhan Sumer, senior vice president, Information Technology at Carreker Corporation. “The TippingPoint IPS resulted in significant cost savings, and is effective at protecting the core of our network as well as the perimeter.”

According to the report, the TippingPoint IPS significantly reduced the number of threats by blocking attacks. The IPS is used to protect critical application systems, firewalls, and routers from damaging security incidents, including denial of service attacks. By cleansing the network of malicious traffic and managing bandwidth, Carreker Corporation was able to reclaim and redirect bandwidth to more important applications and systems. The IPS also helps organizations stay ahead of industry regulations and audits.

In determining the Best Practice Awards, the selection criterion was based on security effectiveness, resources saved and business benefits. Aberdeen’s research shows that companies with best practices in security dramatically improve procedures to verify the sanctity of the interconnected networks, systems, applications, and underlying data throughout their value chains.

“This recognition is especially rewarding because we are not only protecting our customer, but also enabling Carreker Corporation to securely serve their customers,” said Greg Fitzgerald, vice president of marketing for TippingPoint. “This award is another validation of our leadership position in intrusion prevention.”

TippingPoint launched the first intrusion prevention system in 2002, and has received more awards than any other IPS. TippingPoint was most recently honored with:
” “Best Security Solution-2005” from SC Magazine;
” “Best Deployment Scenario” from Info Security Products Guide;
” 2005 Network Security Infrastructure Protection Entrepreneurial Company of the Year from Frost & Sullivan, a leading research firm;
” “Best of 2004” by eWeek; and
” Gold for “Product of the Year” in Intrusion Prevention System from Information Security magazine.

About AberdeenGroup
AberdeenGroup, Inc. provides fact-based research and insights focused on the global, technology-driven value chain. Aberdeen’s benchmarking, market and solution assessments, sales acceleration programs, and conferences support Global 5000 value chain and technology executives — and the solution providers who serve them. For more information, visit www.aberdeen.com or call 617-723-7890.

About TippingPoint, a division of 3Com
TippingPoint, a division of 3Com, is the leading provider of network-based intrusion prevention systems. The TippingPoint IPS is the most decorated in its industry. For a full list of awards, visit http://www.tippingpoint.com/products_certifications.html. Our innovative approach offers customers unmatched network-based security with unrivaled economics, ultra-high performance, scalability and reliability. TippingPoint is based in Austin, Texas, and can be contacted through its Web site at www.tippingpoint.com or by telephone at 1-888-TRUE-IPS.

About 3Com Corporation
3Com Corporation (NASDAQ: COMS) is a leading provider of secure, converged voice and data networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes. 3Com offers a broad line of innovative products backed by world class sales, service and support, which excel at delivering business value for its customers. Through its TippingPoint division, 3Com is the leading provider of network-based intrusion prevention systems that deliver in-depth application protection, infrastructure protection, and performance protection for corporate enterprises, government agencies, service providers and academic institutions. For further information, please visit www.3com.com, or the press site www.3com.com/pressbox.

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