SOURCE: Secure Computing

August 31, 2007 08:00 ET

Bimba Manufacturing Deploys Secure Computing Sidewinder Network Security Appliance

World's Strongest Firewall With Next-Generation Reputation Technology Protects Plant Operations, Blocking Digital Threats and Malware That Competitive Products Let Through

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - August 31, 2007) - Secure Computing Corporation (NASDAQ: SCUR), a leading enterprise gateway security company, today announced that Bimba Manufacturing has switched from a competitor's firewall to the Sidewinder® Network Gateway Security appliance. Bimba's previous firewall did not protect the Illinois-based manufacturer from all malware threats -- particularly viruses in encrypted e-mail messages. However, the Sidewinder appliance, with its unique reputation-based security, blocks viruses and other threats whether they are encrypted or not, in both incoming and outgoing traffic.

"Our testing showed us that viruses in encrypted e-mails were able to get past our former security products," recounted Matt Nantais, systems administrator at Bimba Manufacturing. "We conducted the same tests using the Secure Computing solution, and it prevented all of the malware from getting to the network."

The Sidewinder appliance is the first and only enterprise firewall to integrate reputation-based security technology, putting it well ahead of offerings by other large security and networking companies. With industry-leading global intelligence from TrustedSource™ customers receive real-time behavior monitoring of URLs, domains, IPs, message content and images. The resulting reputation score enables proactive blocking of the majority of spam, spyware, viruses, zombies, and Trojans at the gateway -- well before they ever gain access to a network. "Thanks to TrustedSource, Sidewinder customers are dropping up to 92 percent of spam with no additional CPU overhead," noted Scott Montgomery, vice president of product management at Secure Computing. "That saves significant bandwidth and improves overall network performance."

Sidewinder combines multiple security functions into a single Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliance. With the Sidewinder appliance, Bimba Manufacturing can secure network access, protect Internet-facing applications, kill hidden attacks in packet streams, block malware, secure employee use of the Internet, decrypt SSL traffic, and create a forensic-quality audit trail for regulatory compliance and reporting. And with speeds up to four times faster than their previous competitor's firewall, Sidewinder doesn't bog down Bimba's busy network.

According to Nantais, Sidewinder plays a key role in enabling Bimba Manufacturing to conduct day-to-day operations. "Five years ago, Internet outages were no big deal," he said. "Today, invoicing, purchasing, distribution, e-mail, our e-commerce site -- and almost every other aspect of our business relies on the Internet. Sidewinder protects the core of our company and enables us to grow."

In addition, Nantais gives high marks to Secure Computing's training and support. "Their tech support is right on. They make everything easy to understand." Recently, he took a Secure Computing training class, which he found very informative. He added, "The training was so good, I'm thinking about taking another class soon."

About Secure Computing

Secure Computing (NASDAQ: SCUR), a leading provider of enterprise gateway security, delivers a comprehensive set of solutions that help customers protect their critical Web, email and network assets. Over half the Fortune 50 and Fortune 500 are part of our more than 20,000 global customers in 106 countries, supported by a worldwide network of more than 2,300 partners. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and has offices worldwide. For more information, see

About Bimba Manufacturing

Headquartered in Monee, Illinois, Bimba Manufacturing supplies rotary actuators, linear thrusters, rodless cylinders, flow controls and position-sensing cylinders for use in machinery and automation. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the company employs approximately 400 workers in three separate locations. A small IT department of six manages a network of 250 workstations and 14 servers. More information about the company can be found online at

This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning the anticipated relationship between Secure Computing and Bimba Manufacturing and their use of the Sidewinder product, and such statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are delays in product development, undetected software errors or bugs, competitive pressures, technical difficulties, changes in customer requirements, general economic conditions and the risk factors detailed from time to time in Secure Computing's periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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