Guardent Announces Breakthrough 24x7 Managed Security Platform That Supports Open Source Security Technologies, Reduces Costs and Maximizes Performance

New $1500/Month Service Integrates Firewall, Intrusion Detection and Scanning

With Guardent's Proprietary Correlated Reporting and Alerting



Dec 12, 2001, 00:00 ET from Guardent, Inc.

    WALTHAM, Mass., Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Ushering in a new breed of managed
 security services, Guardent, Inc. today announced its Security Defense
 Appliance(SM) (SDA), a breakthrough platform that supports open source
 security technologies, correlates security event data quickly and accurately,
 provides strong network protection and reduces costs.
     The SDA is at the heart of a new service that combines leading open source
 security technologies including IP Tables (firewall), Snort (intrusion
 detection) and Nessus (vulnerability scanning) with Guardent's proprietary
 event correlation, reporting and alerting capabilities.
     Guardent has integrated all of these capabilities into a single appliance
 to deliver a complete managed security service at a lower cost than deploying
 commercial technologies. With the new service, there are no licenses to
 purchase or hardware platforms to maintain, providing organizations with
 immediate infrastructure cost savings.  For a low monthly fee of $1,500,
 organizations get complete 24x7 managed security protection for any Internet-
 facing network segment.
     "Delivering a comprehensive security posture is more complex than simply
 deploying a firewall," explains Allan Carey, senior analyst at IDC.  "To
 provide robust protection, organizations require a solution that consists of
 both reactive (e.g., a firewall and intrusion detection system) and proactive
 (e.g., regular vulnerability scanning) components.  With the SDA, Guardent has
 developed an integrated security solution that encompasses the major
 requirements of companies at an attractive price point."
     Leading broadband network and information transport service provider Touch
 America soon will begin piloting the SDA with its customers. Touch America
 presently has a growing 22,000-route-mile fiber-optic and regional wireless
 broadband network that will reach 26,000 miles by year-end 2001.  The company
 provides high-bandwidth private line, Frame/ATM and IP network products and
 services for commercial and wholesale customers, including the largest
 networks in the world.
     "We are constantly looking to provide our customers with access to the
 latest in security technology and, at the same time, deliver those services
 cost effectively," said Alexis Wilson, senior manager for IP Services at Touch
 America.  "With Guardent's SDA, we can achieve both.  We're very excited about
 this latest innovation from Guardent and look forward to adding this service
 to our array of secure connectivity solutions."
     By leveraging open source security technologies, Guardent is able to offer
 a market-driven service that is cost effective and delivers the enterprise-
 class performance that today's connected organizations demand. Commenting on
 this innovative development, Guardent Chief Technology Officer Jerry Brady
 said, "Open source security tools have matured to a point where they match or
 even outperform commercial security technologies.  Combined with our
 proprietary architecture (also based on open source software), we can easily
 customize solutions that meet every customer's needs."
 
     Key Benefits
     * Complete security in a box - The SDA combines the functions of a
       firewall, network intrusion detection sensor and vulnerability scanner
       with proprietary correlation, reporting and alerting functions into a
       single, compact appliance, providing a complete security solution at an
       affordable price.
 
     * Correlation in context - Guardent's powerful analysis framework
       correlates IDS event data in the context of vulnerable platforms and
       scanning data to quickly identify "real" security events and eliminate
       time-consuming "false positives."
 
     * Real-time response - Guardent actively manages an extensive library of
       attack signatures.  Any network activity that matches these signatures
       prompts an immediate response from Guardent's team of credentialed
       security professionals.  As new security threats emerge, Guardent
       applies its proven analysis methodologies to quickly develop new
       signatures for seamless implementation on the customer's network.  This
       capability also enables the company to filter systems that are infected
       with worms, halting the propagation of the worm throughout the network -
       all in real time.
 
     * Proactive risk identification - By periodically scanning hosts,
       operating systems, software applications and network devices for a wide
       variety of known hacker attacks, exploits, vulnerabilities and
       improperly configured devices, Guardent is able to uncover potential
       vulnerabilities before hackers do.
 
     * 24x7 Outsourced managed, monitoring and support - Guardent's state-of-
       the-art Secure Network Operations Center (S-NOC) is specifically
       designed to maintain constant vigilance for all security devices under
       management and deliver guaranteed response to detected security events.
 
     * Consolidated online reporting - Through Guardent's secure online portal,
       customers can access a consolidated real-time report of security events
       detected by the SDA, providing a thorough view of their security
       posture.
 
     Open Architecture, No Boundaries
     The SDA represents the next generation of Guardent's open managed security
 architecture which also supports leading commercial security technologies such
 as NetScreen, Check Point, Cisco, ISS, TrendMicro and WebSense.  Competitive
 differentiators of this proprietary architecture include:
 
     * Flexibility - The SDA normalizes vast amounts of security event data
       into a device-independent format, enabling Guardent to deliver a
       consistent level of service to customers, regardless of the security
       technologies they use (commercial or open source).  This flexibility
       also makes it possible to integrate new security technologies quickly
       and easily.
 
     * Scalability - The SDA distributes security event data processing before
       it reaches the S-NOC, eliminating traditional data processing and
       storage bottlenecks that are inherent to completely centralized managed
       security operations.
 
     * Security - Security event data are extracted and transported to the
       S-NOC via an encrypted channel.  Since only a single port is required to
       transport data through a perimeter firewall, there is no footprint of
       devices under management, avoiding information leakage.
 
     * Reliability - In the event of a denial-of-service attack or loss of
       communication to the S-NOC, Guardent provides out-of-band connectivity
       to perform monitoring and management of the security devices.
 
     * Dynamic protection - Software upgrades are installed remotely from
       Guardent's S-NOC, without interruption of service or assistance from
       local staff.  This capability allows for a dynamic security model where
       new filtering rules can provide "just in time" protection from emerging
       threats.
 
     Pricing and Availability
     Currently in pilot at several organizations, the SDA service will be
 generally available in January 2002.  It's priced at $1500 per month.
 
     About Guardent
     Guardent combines managed security services with vendor independent
 consulting to provide better information security at a lower operational cost
 than can be achieved through an organization's internal staff. The company's
 flagship offering, Guardent Managed Security Services(SM), is based upon an
 open service delivery platform that makes it possible to deploy any
 combination of commercial or open source security technologies, including
 NetScreen, Check Point, Cisco, ISS, IP Tables, Snort and Nessus. Recent
 industry accolades for Guardent include being named by Computerworld as one of
 the "Top 100 Emerging Companies to Watch in 2002," UPSIDE Magazine as one of
 the "Hot 100 Private Companies in 2001" and The Boston Globe as one of the
 "next leaders in Boston's technology scene."  Privately held, Guardent is
 headquartered in Waltham, MA., and is accessible via the Web at
 www.guardent.com.
 
     Guardent, Inc. is servicemark and Guardent Managed Security Services and
 the Security Defense Appliance (SDA) are servicemarks of Guardent.  Any other
 product and company names mentioned may be trademarks or servicemarks of their
 respective holders.
 
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    WALTHAM, Mass., Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Ushering in a new breed of managed
 security services, Guardent, Inc. today announced its Security Defense
 Appliance(SM) (SDA), a breakthrough platform that supports open source
 security technologies, correlates security event data quickly and accurately,
 provides strong network protection and reduces costs.
     The SDA is at the heart of a new service that combines leading open source
 security technologies including IP Tables (firewall), Snort (intrusion
 detection) and Nessus (vulnerability scanning) with Guardent's proprietary
 event correlation, reporting and alerting capabilities.
     Guardent has integrated all of these capabilities into a single appliance
 to deliver a complete managed security service at a lower cost than deploying
 commercial technologies. With the new service, there are no licenses to
 purchase or hardware platforms to maintain, providing organizations with
 immediate infrastructure cost savings.  For a low monthly fee of $1,500,
 organizations get complete 24x7 managed security protection for any Internet-
 facing network segment.
     "Delivering a comprehensive security posture is more complex than simply
 deploying a firewall," explains Allan Carey, senior analyst at IDC.  "To
 provide robust protection, organizations require a solution that consists of
 both reactive (e.g., a firewall and intrusion detection system) and proactive
 (e.g., regular vulnerability scanning) components.  With the SDA, Guardent has
 developed an integrated security solution that encompasses the major
 requirements of companies at an attractive price point."
     Leading broadband network and information transport service provider Touch
 America soon will begin piloting the SDA with its customers. Touch America
 presently has a growing 22,000-route-mile fiber-optic and regional wireless
 broadband network that will reach 26,000 miles by year-end 2001.  The company
 provides high-bandwidth private line, Frame/ATM and IP network products and
 services for commercial and wholesale customers, including the largest
 networks in the world.
     "We are constantly looking to provide our customers with access to the
 latest in security technology and, at the same time, deliver those services
 cost effectively," said Alexis Wilson, senior manager for IP Services at Touch
 America.  "With Guardent's SDA, we can achieve both.  We're very excited about
 this latest innovation from Guardent and look forward to adding this service
 to our array of secure connectivity solutions."
     By leveraging open source security technologies, Guardent is able to offer
 a market-driven service that is cost effective and delivers the enterprise-
 class performance that today's connected organizations demand. Commenting on
 this innovative development, Guardent Chief Technology Officer Jerry Brady
 said, "Open source security tools have matured to a point where they match or
 even outperform commercial security technologies.  Combined with our
 proprietary architecture (also based on open source software), we can easily
 customize solutions that meet every customer's needs."
 
     Key Benefits
     * Complete security in a box - The SDA combines the functions of a
       firewall, network intrusion detection sensor and vulnerability scanner
       with proprietary correlation, reporting and alerting functions into a
       single, compact appliance, providing a complete security solution at an
       affordable price.
 
     * Correlation in context - Guardent's powerful analysis framework
       correlates IDS event data in the context of vulnerable platforms and
       scanning data to quickly identify "real" security events and eliminate
       time-consuming "false positives."
 
     * Real-time response - Guardent actively manages an extensive library of
       attack signatures.  Any network activity that matches these signatures
       prompts an immediate response from Guardent's team of credentialed
       security professionals.  As new security threats emerge, Guardent
       applies its proven analysis methodologies to quickly develop new
       signatures for seamless implementation on the customer's network.  This
       capability also enables the company to filter systems that are infected
       with worms, halting the propagation of the worm throughout the network -
       all in real time.
 
     * Proactive risk identification - By periodically scanning hosts,
       operating systems, software applications and network devices for a wide
       variety of known hacker attacks, exploits, vulnerabilities and
       improperly configured devices, Guardent is able to uncover potential
       vulnerabilities before hackers do.
 
     * 24x7 Outsourced managed, monitoring and support - Guardent's state-of-
       the-art Secure Network Operations Center (S-NOC) is specifically
       designed to maintain constant vigilance for all security devices under
       management and deliver guaranteed response to detected security events.
 
     * Consolidated online reporting - Through Guardent's secure online portal,
       customers can access a consolidated real-time report of security events
       detected by the SDA, providing a thorough view of their security
       posture.
 
     Open Architecture, No Boundaries
     The SDA represents the next generation of Guardent's open managed security
 architecture which also supports leading commercial security technologies such
 as NetScreen, Check Point, Cisco, ISS, TrendMicro and WebSense.  Competitive
 differentiators of this proprietary architecture include:
 
     * Flexibility - The SDA normalizes vast amounts of security event data
       into a device-independent format, enabling Guardent to deliver a
       consistent level of service to customers, regardless of the security
       technologies they use (commercial or open source).  This flexibility
       also makes it possible to integrate new security technologies quickly
       and easily.
 
     * Scalability - The SDA distributes security event data processing before
       it reaches the S-NOC, eliminating traditional data processing and
       storage bottlenecks that are inherent to completely centralized managed
       security operations.
 
     * Security - Security event data are extracted and transported to the
       S-NOC via an encrypted channel.  Since only a single port is required to
       transport data through a perimeter firewall, there is no footprint of
       devices under management, avoiding information leakage.
 
     * Reliability - In the event of a denial-of-service attack or loss of
       communication to the S-NOC, Guardent provides out-of-band connectivity
       to perform monitoring and management of the security devices.
 
     * Dynamic protection - Software upgrades are installed remotely from
       Guardent's S-NOC, without interruption of service or assistance from
       local staff.  This capability allows for a dynamic security model where
       new filtering rules can provide "just in time" protection from emerging
       threats.
 
     Pricing and Availability
     Currently in pilot at several organizations, the SDA service will be
 generally available in January 2002.  It's priced at $1500 per month.
 
     About Guardent
     Guardent combines managed security services with vendor independent
 consulting to provide better information security at a lower operational cost
 than can be achieved through an organization's internal staff. The company's
 flagship offering, Guardent Managed Security Services(SM), is based upon an
 open service delivery platform that makes it possible to deploy any
 combination of commercial or open source security technologies, including
 NetScreen, Check Point, Cisco, ISS, IP Tables, Snort and Nessus. Recent
 industry accolades for Guardent include being named by Computerworld as one of
 the "Top 100 Emerging Companies to Watch in 2002," UPSIDE Magazine as one of
 the "Hot 100 Private Companies in 2001" and The Boston Globe as one of the
 "next leaders in Boston's technology scene."  Privately held, Guardent is
 headquartered in Waltham, MA., and is accessible via the Web at
 www.guardent.com.
 
     Guardent, Inc. is servicemark and Guardent Managed Security Services and
 the Security Defense Appliance (SDA) are servicemarks of Guardent.  Any other
 product and company names mentioned may be trademarks or servicemarks of their
 respective holders.
 
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