3COM Redefines Network Security With Launch Of Industry’s First Intrusion Prevention System With Multi-Function Security Capabilities

AUSTIN, TX. Nov. 14, 2005 TippingPoint, a division of 3Com and the leader in intrusion prevention, today launched the TippingPoint X505, the first integrated security platform built upon Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) technology, combining stateful inspection firewall, IPSec VPN, bandwidth management, Web content filtering and dynamic routing. The new platform meets the growing demand of enterprise customers to have a more complete security solution that provides preemptive, automatic and dynamic protection not found in today’s firewalls.

“The TippingPoint X505 is a very good representation of what the integration between 3Com and TippingPoint can bring – the enterprise stability and reliability of 3Com and the sophisticated cutting edge technology from TippingPoint,” said Jeff Crawford, manager of networking and security at East Grand Rapids Public Schools. “The TippingPoint X505 is poised to replace at least three different boxes on my internal network: an IDS, a VLAN-capable switch, and a firewall.”

As technologies converge, organizations require an integrated security platform, like the TippingPoint X505 that adds intelligence into the network by performing total packet flow inspection to block malicious traffic, throttle non-essential traffic, and prioritize mission-critical traffic regardless of the type of traffic inspected: voice, data or video. In addition, organizations have increased the complexity, management and cost of their network by deploying multiple solutions in the network. The TippingPoint X505 is the industry’s first comprehensive enterprise solution that significantly reduces the administrative, financial and management burden of multiple point solutions while also making it affordable for enterprise perimeter, remote branch offices and medium-sized businesses to have best-of-breed security in one device.

Yankee Group Senior Analyst Chris Liebert said, “Intrusion Prevention Systems add intelligence into the network with the ability to inspect traffic through Layer 7, classify it and take action according to policy as well as the capability for automatic, preemptive threat protection through an update service. The TippingPoint X505 demonstrates the broader trend toward IPS as today’s “must-have’ security solution, with firewalls becoming a feature of IPS.”

The underlying architecture of the TippingPoint X505 is the award-winning TippingPoint Intrusion Prevention System, which blocks a plethora of worms, viruses, Trojans, Denial of Service attacks, Spyware, Phishing, VoIP threats and other attacks. In addition to the IPS capabilities, the TippingPoint X505 is unique from other multi-function security devices in that it is regularly updated with preemptive vulnerability and zero day threat protection through the TippingPoint Digital Vaccine® service, the same service that updates all TippingPoint devices.

The TippingPoint X505 makes businesses more secure, efficient and productive. In addition to saving bandwidth by blocking attacks, the TippingPoint X505’s bandwidth management capabilities are able to throttle non-essential traffic, like peer-to-peer file sharing, or prioritize critical traffic, like voice or video, to maximize resources and reclaim bandwidth through the proper allocation of resources. Traffic shaping is enforced according to policy on both inbound and outbound traffic. Web content filtering boosts employee productivity and enforces policy by prohibiting the download of non-work related Web sites and offensive or illegal Web content.

One of the most compelling attributes of the X505 is that all of its functionality can be combined. As an example, IPS and traffic shaping can be applied within an IPSec VPN tunnel – effectively preventing the propagation of worms between enterprise branch locations, while simultaneously prioritizing and securing site-to-site VoIP phone calls.

Aubrey Brown, president at Corsa Network Technologies said, “We are a long-time reseller of TippingPoint, and the IPS products have always exceeded our customer’s expectations. We think our customers are going to be delighted to have the additional functionality of firewall, VPN, content filtering and bandwidth management. We believe it will help our customers consolidate products, streamline processes, cut costs and become more efficient and more secure.”

3Com Chief Technology Officer Marc Willebeek-LeMair said, “The TippingPoint X505 launch marks the completion of the first joint development project between 3Com and its TippingPoint division since the acquisition in January. It is another proof point in our strategy to continually build intelligence and security into the network.”

The TippingPoint X505 will be generally available worldwide in December. For more information on the TippingPoint X505, please visit: www.tippingpoint.com/X505

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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