Internet Security Systems Introduces Virus Prevention Technology in Integrated Security Offering

LONDON — December 12, 2005 – Internet Security Systems, Inc. (ISS) (NASDAQ: ISSX) today announced the newest release of its Proventia Network Integrated Security Appliance with virus prevention technology. Unlike traditional anti-virus products that rely on signature updates, this latest offering from ISS is behavioural-based and stops viruses, worms and malicious code before they run on a system and impact an organisation’s assets.

Virus prevention will play a key role in helping customers avoid serious Internet threats such as the recent Zotob worm that attacked Microsoft Windows users in August 2005. According to ISS internal testing, the new virus prevention technology has proven to detect and prevent approximately 93 per cent of new viruses, without requiring signature updates.

“The Proventia Network Integrated Security Appliance has vastly improved the IT infrastructure of my organisation, providing me with peace of mind,” said Fred Vignes, IT director at Zoo Atlanta in Georgia. “I no longer panic and scramble each time I hear about the latest Internet threat. By adding virus prevention technology to its security appliances, ISS is building in another layer of protection and making my role of maintaining Zoo Atlanta’s technology infrastructure that much easier.”

A key new technology for ISS and its customers, this new offering extends the value of the virus prevention capabilities recently unveiled in ISS’ complementary product, Proventia Desktop Endpoint Security. Additional enhancements included in this latest version include increased anti-spyware protection and the ability to run the device in a transparent mode, which allows organisations to seamlessly implement the device without reconfiguring their networks.

“The extension of virus prevention technology from the desktop to the network marks another stride in ISS’ commitment to staying ahead of Internet threats,” said Greg Adams, vice president of product management at ISS. “By incorporating virus prevention into our network protection products, we are taking the next logical step in our continual effort to provide customers with a comprehensive set of security tools under a single, easy-to-manage platform.”

With the combined functionality of intrusion prevention, virus prevention, anti-spam, anti-spyware, firewall, VPN and Web filtering, the Proventia Network Integrated Security Appliance automatically combats multiple types of Internet threats including viruses, worms, spyware, spam and phishing. It is designed for implementation in remote and branch offices of enterprises where security professionals can cost-effectively deploy the appliance and know that their assets will be safe without the compromise of legitimate business traffic or the need for specialised in-house security resources.


The Proventia Network Integrated Security Appliance with virus prevention technology is available now. For more information on features, please visit:

About Internet Security Systems, Inc.

Internet Security Systems, Inc. (ISS) is the trusted expert to global enterprises and world governments, providing products and services that protect against Internet threats. An established world leader in security since 1994, ISS delivers proven cost efficiencies and reduces regulatory and business risk across the enterprise. ISS products and services are based on the proactive security intelligence conducted by ISS’ X-Force® research and development team – the unequivocal world authority in vulnerability and threat research. Headquartered in Atlanta, Internet Security Systems has additional operations throughout the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit the Internet Security Systems website at or call +44(0)1753 845 100.

This release, other than historical information, includes forward-looking statements made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Some of these forward-looking statements include those describing future products and features not yet released. The risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: the level of demand for ISS’ products; product and price competition; the extent to which unauthorized access to and use of online information is perceived as a threat to network security; customer budgets; risks concerning the rapid change of technology; and general economic factors. These risks and others are discussed in ISS’ periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These filings can be obtained either by contacting ISS Investor Relations or through the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Web site at

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