Elemental Security Compliance Management Product Named Best Network Access Controller By Infoworld

SAN MATEO, Calif. – Jan. 4, 2006 – Elemental Security, Inc., an award-winning pioneer of new technology in enterprise information security, today announced that the Elemental Compliance System has earned a prestigious 2006 Technology of the Year Award from InfoWorld magazine. Selected from more than 300 products reviewed by the InfoWorld Test Center in 2005, Elemental’s security compliance management product won in the Security Category, and was named the year’s Best Network Access Controller.

InfoWorld’s annual Technology of the Year Awards identify significant technologies of the past year that promise to make the greatest impact on enterprise IT strategies, and honor the products that best exemplify the implementation of those technologies.

“Our annual awards highlight progress across nearly the entire enterprise IT landscape,” said Steve Fox, InfoWorld’s editor-in-chief. “InfoWorld’s 2006 Technology of the Year Award winners represent the best products defining, and often redefining, the role of IT and resulting business impact.”

According to InfoWorld, “Elemental’s powerful policy engine and deep reporting constitute a major step toward enterprise-wide NAC.” To read the article, published in the Jan. 2 issue, see: http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/01/02/01FEtoysec_1.html?s=feature.

“InfoWorld is a leader in delivering in-depth coverage and evaluation of IT products, especially for senior executives who have significant technology expertise and experience,” said Elemental CEO Peter Watkins. “It is clearly an honor and a major achievement for any product to be named InfoWorld’s Technology of the Year, especially for such a new product as Elemental’s security compliance management system.”

“2005 was a tremendous year for Elemental,” continued Watkins. “After our launch in April, culminating years of work developing our technology, customer traction has been impressive, and industry recognition has been rewarding. 2006 will be equally significant, as we’ll introduce even more capabilities, and grow our sales force and channel efforts to keep up with customer demand.”

Elemental’s award-winning product is the world’s first solution that unifies policy management, host configuration, inventory/discovery and network access control in one seamlessly integrated offering. For the first time, enterprises can easily express cross-platform security policies that affect individual computers and their behavior on the network, gather meaningful up-to-date information to compare to established metrics, and selectively enforce policies across a diverse, dynamic environment. Security compliance has become a top priority for enterprises due to the pressures from increasing frequency and severity of security breaches, and from regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

About InfoWorld Media Group
InfoWorld Media Group helps senior technologists connect technology and business strategy for maximum impact at their organizations. Through integrated channels including online, events, demand generation and a weekly print magazine, InfoWorld reaches the most influential senior-level information technologists – those who drive their enterprises’ strategies and technology purchases. Powered by a continued investment in an independent Test Center, InfoWorld analysts and editors provide both hands-on analysis and evaluation, as well as expert commentary on issues surrounding emerging technologies and products. Visit InfoWorld at www.InfoWorld.com.

About Elemental
Elemental is an award-winning pioneer in the Security Compliance Management market. Elemental’s products address enterprises’ need to centrally manage the security compliance of all computers in their environments. Elemental provides unified visibility and control to manage dynamic computing environments, enabling enterprises to satisfy compliance requirements and measurably improve their security. Founded in December 2002, Elemental is a privately held company backed by Bessemer Venture Partners, Mayfield, Sequoia Capital and Lehman Brothers Venture Partners. Red Herring and AlwaysOn awarded the company their Red Herring 100 and AlwaysOn 100 awards, respectively, which honor the top private companies of 2005. The company is headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., and has offices throughout the U.S. Go to http://www.elementalsecurity.com for more information.

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