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Nevis Networks Launches Identity-Based LAN Security Solutions In the UK

Nevis Integrates Access Control and Wire Speed Threat Containment to Create a ‘Personal DMZ™’ Around Every User

LONDON, UK – November 1, 2006 – Nevis Networks, a provider of a new class of comprehensive enterprise LAN security solutions, has announced its formal entry into the European market. The company has opened a UK office in London with the appointment of Matthew Nunney as European Managing Director. Nunney will be responsible for Nevis’ business and channel development initiatives.

Nevis Networks is focused on addressing the growing security threats posed by both managed and unmanaged users connecting to enterprise networks. For example, inappropriate accessing of network resources by employees and 3rd parties connecting to the network can result in the loss of intellectual property or other confidential information. As such, ensuring that users are identified and that access to the network is controlled by policies has become a critical requirement within the enterprise. In addition, many malware attacks are inadvertently launched by infected or insecure endpoints which have been granted access to the network without passing through any form of security check.

Malware attacks can be easily passed through the network to other users and affect network availability and data integrity. The Nevis LANenforcer product family has been designed from the ground up to protect endpoints, users and the network itself from internal security threats before a user accesses the network and then after they have gained access. As such, LANenforcer builds a ‘personal DMZ’ around every individual on the network by adopting a multi-stage approach to securing the LAN. The Nevis LANenforcer combines in a single appliance the fundamental tools needed for comprehensive, persistent LAN security. This includes endpoint integrity verification or NAC, identity-based access control, parallelised threat detection (stateful firewall, anomaly detection (traffic, protocol, behavioural), LAN-optimized signature matching), network layer threat protection, and microsecond threat quarantine. A single LANenforcer appliance supports up to 1,000 users and maintains 10Gbps of security processing at wire speed. It is easily deployed into existing networks without the need to reconfigure VLANs. LANenforcer is also available as a secure access switch for users upgrading their network infrastructure.

“The establishment of a European presence, headed by someone as experienced as Matthew is a critical part of the development of Nevis,” said Shane Buckley, chief operating officer of Nevis Networks. He has a strong track record of building sales for U.S.-based networking vendors and in growing and managing successful European sales teams. He was most recently with Juniper Networks as the International Head of Emerging Technologies where he focused on the introduction of the company’s newest products into existing sales channels. Prior to that, he worked in executive sales roles for Cisco Systems, Foundry Networks and Bay Networks.” Under Nunney’s leadership, Nevis will develop its business in Europe, initially by working closely with a network of reseller partners that sell directly to end use customers in the UK. “The UK market is eager to embrace innovative solutions that provide a way to ensure safe and controlled access for users,” said Nunney. “In addition, regulatory compliance is becoming increasingly more pervasive and requires strict control and audit of access to sensitive information and resources.”

About Nevis Networks
Nevis Networks delivers innovative ASIC-based LAN security systems designed to help corporations protect information privacy and integrity, ensure network availability, and maintain regulatory compliance. With its patent-pending LANsecure™ architecture, the Nevis LANenforcer product family integrates NAC with the deepest threat containment at wirespeed to create a ‘Personal DMZ’ around every user on the LAN. Nevis has raised over $40 million from veteran Silicon Valley investors New Enterprise Associates, BlueRun Ventures, and New Path Ventures. The company is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with additional R&D centers in Pune, India and Beijing, China.

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