BorderWare Technologies Inc.

BorderWare Technologies Inc.

August 15, 2005 10:33 ET

BorderWare and Marconi Announce Strategic OEM Relationship; Marconi to Offer ViPr™ SIP Firewall ''Powered by BorderWare'' Utilizing SIPassure™ For ViPr Virtual Presence System

TORONTO and LONDON--(CCNMatthews - Aug 15, 2005) -

BorderWare Technologies Inc., the leading provider of messaging security solutions, and Marconi Corporation plc (London: MONI and Nasdaq: MRCIY), today announced a strategic original equipment manufacturer (OEM) licensing relationship. Under the agreement, Marconi's Data Networks division will license BorderWare's SIPassure™ SIP Firewall, which has been optimized for the Marconi ViPr™ Virtual Presence system. The ViPr SIP Firewall "Powered by BorderWare," will be available as a separate system for existing ViPr customers, as well as new customers who want to benefit from campus-to-campus high-resolution video conferencing and multimedia collaboration across private or public networks.

Superior Security and Quality of Service

With this agreement, Marconi ViPr customers can take advantage of world-class security functionality for multicast network address translation (NAT) traversal, port translation, and comprehensive defense against application-layer network vulnerabilities. Customers benefit from seamless security, availability, and reliability, including advanced protection against network and application layer threats. It also supports stateful inspection and packet filtering with rules and caller authentication services for inbound and outbound connections.

"Customers are expanding their use of the ViPr Virtual Presence system and want to leverage their investments across private and public networks," said Keith Huthmacher, director of ViPr products for Marconi. "Until now, there has not been adequate application security to engage in multicast campus-to-campus video conferencing and communications. With ViPr SIP Firewall 'Powered by BorderWare,' our customers will have the added security they require, as well as the session availability they demand."

Why ViPr SIP Firewall?

Session Initiation Protocol, or SIP, is a standards-based protocol (based on RFC 3261) that enables and manages streaming communications using Transmission Control, User Datagram and Real-time Protocols for transport. Emerging applications that use the SIP protocol include Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), video conferencing, instant messaging, presence-based collaborative applications and 3G cellular services.

Though perimeter firewalls provide basic pinholing, allowing SIP traffic to pass through, they do not provide comprehensive SIP security, and offer no protection at the application layer. Similarly, existing session border controllers (SBCs) provide NAT traversal and port translation capabilities, but do not feature in depth application-layer security.

"Marconi is a widely recognized expert in converged networks and communication, and they recognize that customers require highly secure communications across WANs," said Tim Leisman, CEO of BorderWare Technologies. "By using SIPassure, Marconi customers can feel confident knowing they are protected right up to the application layer against a range of threats that are inherent in IP-based communications. BorderWare is committed to making Internet communications safe and this partnership demonstrates how we work to secure market-leading applications."

About Marconi Marconi Corporation plc

Marconi Corporation plc is a global telecommunications equipment, services and solutions company. The company's core business is the provision of innovative and reliable optical networks, broadband routing and switching, broadband access technologies and services. The company's customer base includes many of the world's largest telecommunications operators.

The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol MONI and on NASDAQ under the ticker MRCIY. Additional information about Marconi Corporation can be found at

About ViPr

Marconi's ViPr™ Virtual Presence System combines the immediacy of a telephone call with the impact of video, utilizing digital high-fidelity audio and DVD-quality video in an integrated video telephony platform that provides users with an experience they perceive as virtual presence. ViPr pioneered the use of SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) technology and remains the only SIP-based multiparty desktop video telephony platform, capable of supporting up to 15 simultaneous videoconferencing calls. ViPr also is the only multiparty video telephony platform that eliminates the Multi-point Control Unit (MCU), a costly device that traditional videoconferencing products require for multiparty calls. The MCU also introduces delay that makes real-time video telephony impossible. Eliminating the MCU allows ViPr to deliver critical real-time communications such as remote hearings, where participants must see every gesture and vocal nuance conveyed with digital accuracy.

About BorderWare

BorderWare Technologies makes Internet communications safe. The company's perimeter and "application-specific" firewalls for email and SIP enable customers to mitigate the risks and threats associated with Internet communications. Founded in 1994, BorderWare has developed partnerships and affiliations with some of the industry's most prominent companies including Marconi, 3Com Corp., Cisco Systems, F5 Networks, Kaspersky Labs, Research In Motion (RIM), RSA Security, Sun Microsystems and Symantec. More than 7,500 customers in 65 countries have selected BorderWare's solutions for their superior security, scalability, business continuity and lower total cost of ownership. For more information visit or call 1-877-814-7900.

About SIPassure

BorderWare's SIPassure SIP Firewall is the industry's first comprehensive SIP security device. It is a secure edge proxy that offers standard features such as NAT traversal, topology hiding, session management, and traditional firewall protection but also provides security to stop voice spam, phishing attacks, identity theft, session hijacking and redirection, registrar floods, denial of service, directory harvest attacks and more. SIPassure is also uniquely suited to help financial services organizations to comply with SEC, SOX and GLB regulations due to its built-in audit and reporting functionality. SIPassure is the only commercially available product to be based on BorderWare's Common Criteria EAL 4+ certified BorderWare Firewall Server and as such provides the highest levels of network security without compromising call quality or usability. SIPassure is currently shipping and available to secure the VoIP networks of enterprises and mid sized service providers.

(c) 2005 BorderWare Technologies Inc. All Rights Reserved. BorderWare and SIPassure are trademarks of BorderWare Technologies Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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