SOURCE: KoolSpan

June 04, 2007 09:13 ET

Cisco CSO John N. Stewart Joins KoolSpan Board of Directors

Industry Visionary Cites KoolSpan Innovation and Simplicity as Drivers Behind His Decision to Join

BETHESDA, MD--(Marketwire - June 4, 2007) - KoolSpan, the information security industry's leading innovator of embeddable security technology for network-aware devices, today announced that John N. Stewart, Vice President and Chief Security Officer, Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO), will join its board of directors effective immediately.

"For years, security technology has grown increasingly complex, requiring specialized skills that increase operational costs," Mr. Stewart said. "Today, I firmly believe that businesses need secure authentication and connectivity solutions that are easier to deploy and maintain. KoolSpan's technology is designed to meet this need. I am happy to be joining the company's board and look forward to participating in its future."

A veteran in the information security discipline for more than 15 years, Stewart provides leadership and direction to corporate security teams throughout Cisco's global enterprise, strategically aligning his organization with the company's business and IT goals to ensure industry-leading corporate security practices, policies, processes, and technology deployments. Among Cisco's assets, he is responsible for overseeing the security of, the online infrastructure supporting Cisco's $28.5 billion business.

KoolSpan's TrustChip™ hardware, in combination with its award-winning cryptographic software, is available today in off-the-shelf network protection products, as well as OEM developer kits. KoolSpan's technology delivers simple, secure connectivity for a wide range of enterprise, industrial and OEM applications.

"We are delighted to welcome John to the KoolSpan board," said KoolSpan Chief Executive Officer Tony Fascenda. "John has a superlative reputation as one of the security industry's leading minds, and we look forward to accelerating our leadership position with his guidance and direction."

KoolSpan technology has been rigorously tested and favorably reviewed by top security research organizations in the United States government, as well as many industry trade publications. In April, KoolSpan was named an Information Security Magazine/TechTarget Readers Choice Award winner for Best Emerging Technology. The company was honored in February with an SC Magazine SC Award for Best Multi-Factor Authentication technology, and late last year was named one of the Top Ten "Security Companies to Watch" by the editors of Network World.

About KoolSpan, Inc

Based in Bethesda, Md., KoolSpan provides simple secure connectivity solutions that seamlessly unite mission-critical network devices. KoolSpan's off-the-shelf enterprise solutions create secure and trusted connections between any two points independent of network boundaries, from servers to smartphones. KoolSpan's embeddable solutions protect a wide variety of critical devices from online terminals to security systems. For OEMs, KoolSpan provides a flexible, cost-effective approach to device security that can drop in, operate automatically and self-manage in a wide range of platforms. To learn more, visit or call 240.880.4400.

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