EpicTide and AEP Networks Announce Market-Driven Alliance for Streamlined HIPAA Compliance and Secure Application Access

St. Petersburg, FL and Somerset, NJ – (January 17, 2006) – EpicTide, Inc., a leading provider of HIPAA compliance solutions, and AEP Networks, a leading provider of secure application access solutions, announced today that they have collaborated to offer a joint solution in response to market demand and requests from common customers. The combination of EpicTide’s auditing solution and AEP’s secure remote access provides a powerful integrated solution for healthcare providers. The companies will showcase the solution at HIMSS in San Diego, February 12-16, 2006.

In recent years, healthcare providers have streamlined processes by offering their partners secure access to sensitive applications. Now, healthcare providers want to streamline existing processes for HIPAA privacy audits involving those applications. AEP and EpicTide have addressed these needs by integrating AEP’s remote access solution with EpicTide’s auditing and log centralization solution. For the first time, healthcare organizations can create a comprehensive forensic audit trail across all of their applications and systems, including their VPN. The combined solution also enables organizations to produce analytics such as detailed trending on application access and security related events.

“We were delighted that EpicTide and AEP responded to our desire to streamline HIPAA privacy audits and produce a comprehensive forensics trail across our applications and systems,” said John Lanier, Manager of IT Security for Bayfront Health System. “The result is Bayfront improved information security responsiveness and has architected for sustainable, affordable compliance.”

About AEP Networks
AEP Networks (www.aepnetworks.com), the specialist in network and application access security, delivers infrastructure security solutions that are easy to use and manage while offering exceptional value and mission-critical reliability. The company provides a full range of solutions, including identity-based application security gateways, highly secure VPNs, SSL VPNs and cryptographic key management products, to meet the most demanding requirements of public-sector and commercial customers around the world. A privately held company backed by leading technology investors, AEP Networks is based in Somerset, NJ, with European headquarters in London and a Government Solutions Group in Rockville, MD.

About EpicTide, Inc.
EpicTide is a leader in software solutions that help organizations increase their security responsiveness, automate compliance and reduce associated costs. The company is privately held and is located in St. Petersburg, Florida. To learn more about EpicTide, Inc., visit the company website at www.epictide.com or call the company at 1-866-602-8433 (U.S. Toll Free) or +1 727 576 6700 (International).

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