3COM’s Tippingpoint Positioned In The Leaders Quadrant For 2H05 Network Intrusion Prevention Systems Appliances Magic Quadrant

Austin, TX. – Dec. 6, 2005 – TippingPoint, a division of 3Com and the leader in intrusion prevention, today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the leaders quadrant in the “2H05 Network Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) Appliances Magic Quadrant’ report.

According to Gartner, “leaders” are vendors who are performing well today, have a clear vision of market direction, and are actively building competencies to sustain their leadership position in the market. Their actions raise the competitive bar for all products in the market, and they can change the course of the industry. To remain in the leaders quadrant, these vendors must have demonstrated a track record of delivering successfully in enterprise IPS deployments and winning in competitive assessments. Leaders produce products that provide high signature quality, offer low latency and have a range of models. Leaders consistently win selections and have been consistently visible on enterprise shortlists.

“Since launching the first IPS in early 2002 and pioneering the industry by being first to market with innovative features like Phishing protection, Voice over IP (VoIP) security, bandwidth management, Spyware protection and Peer-to-Peer protection; we believe being positioned in the leaders quadrant in Gartner’s first IPS magic quadrant is confirmation of our product and our security research focus,” said James Hamilton, president of 3Com’s TippingPoint division. “We consider our position in the leader quadrant by Gartner additional confirmation of our ability to provide customers with best-of-breed solutions, unparalleled performance, ground-breaking features and superior service. With the recent launch of the TippingPointTM X505, medium-sized organizations and enterprise remote branch offices are able to experience the power of enterprise-class, best-of-breed intrusion prevention systems with the enhanced features of firewall, VPN, Web content filtering and dynamic routing.”

With more than 20 industry and security awards to its credit and significant traction with Fortune 500 accounts, 3Com’s TippingPoint division has displayed initiative and thought leadership through the launch of several industry initiatives this year, including:

” The Voice over IP Security Alliance (VOIPSA), www.voipsa.org, was launched in February and now has over 100 member organizations dedicating to finding and mitigating VoIP threats.

” The Zero Day Initiative (ZDI), www.zerodayinitiative.com, was launched in July and is aimed at ensuring the responsible disclosure of vulnerabilities through collaboration with security researchers, technology vendors and security companies.

According to Gartner, the network IPS market for stand-alone appliances was approximately $246 million in 2004 and will increase to more than $400 million by the end of 2005. A network IPS can detect and block attacks, such as worms, and act as a pre-patch shield for systems and applications.

About the Magic Quadrant

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted November 30, 2005, by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the “Leaders” quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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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