Elemental Earns Category Breaker Award From Network World Magazine

SAN MATEO, Calif. – March 1, 2006 – Elemental Security, Inc., the award-winning pioneer of new technology in enterprise information security, today announced that its policy and risk management product has been named as a “Category Breaker” Award winner in Network World magazine’s 2006 “The Best Products Issue,” published earlier this week.

Network World’s annual Best Products Issue showcases the top-performing products tested by the Network World Lab Alliance, category-breaking products as selected by columnists, and reader picks for all-time favorite network products. According to the publication, products named as Category Breakers are those products that raise the bar with their novel approaches to solving today’s enterprise challenges. To read Elemental’s feature, please see:


According to Network World, “Elemental Security, a recent start-up, aims to make policy-based computing easier to implement and monitor. Groupings can be done dynamically – no need for manual policy updates. In addition, policy-driven packet filters can enable dynamic network access-control lists and auto discover new machines – and immediately apply the necessary policies. Because of Elemental’s policy-based, host-level approach, the system readily exposes usage anomalies in terms of network activity for a host or group of hosts by reporting on traffic volumes for ports, protocols and specified destinations. In addition to network traffic, Elemental can monitor the inventory of the hardware and software on a host. Anomalies are detected if unapproved applications, such as instant messaging, or hardware devices, such as removable data devices, were in use.”

“We are pleased to be named as a Category Breaker in this annual Best Products Issue from Network World, the leading source of in-depth network coverage for IT executives,” said Elemental CEO Peter Watkins. “The industry has recognized that Elemental has broken new ground and redefined the rules for policy and risk management products with the integration of policy management, host configuration management, inventory management and network access control. The industry and customers alike have confirmed that no other product provides the constant visibility into the state of networks, or comprehensive approach to policy and risk management that enterprises need.”

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).

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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. The company has also been named a “Hot Company” by the Info Security Products Guide, and a “Private Security Company to Watch” by Red Herring. Elemental 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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