SOURCE: FrontBridge Technologies

June 06, 2005 08:00 ET

NEC Unified Solutions Partners With FrontBridge Technologies for Comprehensive Message Protection Suite

Collaborative Solution Will Address Business Need for Integrated Security, Compliance and Business Continuity Services for Electronic Messaging

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 6, 2005 -- FrontBridge Technologies, a leader in secure managed messaging services, today announced a multiyear strategic alliance with NEC Unified Solutions, Inc. (NEC) (NASDAQ: NIPNY), a leader in converged communications solutions for the enterprise, to private label and resell its award-winning email security, continuity and compliance services as part of a comprehensive message protection suite from NEC. NEC will integrate FrontBridge's secure managed messaging services into its comprehensive security and communications portfolio, offering businesses best-of-breed solutions for ensuring the security, manageability and accessibility of electronic messaging.

FrontBridge will augment NEC Unified Solutions' comprehensive security and communications portfolio, providing businesses with a single partner for comprehensive secure messaging services. With email-borne threats continuing to multiply and vendor relationship management becoming expensive and cumbersome to administer, this joint partnership will enable businesses to consolidate complicated supplier relationships, lower total bill of services, simplify new service provisioning and unify technical customer support.

"Security, compliance and business continuity requirements in industries such as healthcare and financial services are placing greater demands on the messaging infrastructure," said Michael Osterman, president and founder, Osterman Research, one of the leading messaging market analysis firms. "It's not enough to handle these challenges with a growing array of standalone appliances or point solutions -- plus our research shows that most organizations don't want point solutions. NEC and FrontBridge are industry leaders with a strong vision for deploying multiple, integrated communications services."

"Messaging-related challenges in the areas of regulatory compliance and security have elevated from solely an IT-level concern to a board room responsibility," said David King, vice president, NEC Unified. "Our technology partnership with FrontBridge teams us with the industry leader in secure messaging and enables us to provide our customer and associate base with the broadest suite of services for locking down the most vulnerable corporate network entry point. NEC prides itself on an architectural approach to solving customer challenges and will integrate FrontBridge's secure messaging technology closely into our security and managed service portfolio."

"With NEC Unified Solutions as a partner, FrontBridge is in a unique position to help enterprises across the globe improve their protective measures against email borne threats and minimize risk associated with unregulated email usage," said Nick Hulse, vice president, FrontBridge Technologies. "NEC Unified is one of the strongest players in the industry and this partnership is synergistic with their overall end-to-end communications strategy. We look forward to working with NEC's sales force and distributors to provide global access to our combined services."

NEC's Secure Managed Protection suite is currently available through its direct sales force and network of distributors.

About NEC Unified Solutions, Inc.

NEC Unified Solutions Inc., a leader in integrated communications solutions for the enterprise, delivers the industry's most innovative suite of products, applications and services that help customers achieve their business goals. With more than a century of communications and networking expertise, NEC Unified Solutions, Inc., a subsidiary of NEC America and affiliate of NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY), offers the broadest range of communications services and solution choices, flexible product platforms and applications, and an open migration path to protect investments. NEC Unified Solutions, Inc. serves the Fortune 1000 and customers across the globe in vertical markets such as hospitality, education, government and healthcare. For more information, visit www.necunified.com, or call (877) 463-2267.

About FrontBridge Technologies

FrontBridge is a global provider of comprehensive secure messaging services. Its Total Message Management services ensure the security, compliance and continuity of all electronic messages, with fully managed services for email and IM archiving, spam filtering, virus scanning, encrypted email, policy enforcement and disaster recovery. Services are powered globally by the only load-balanced, fully redundant data center network to demonstrate 100 percent historical uptime, on top of 99.999 percent service level guarantees. FrontBridge is based in Los Angeles, Calif. with offices in London, Paris, and Winnipeg. Its managed services are trusted and relied upon by more than 3,700 businesses across the globe and are available through the managed service industry's largest distribution partner network, including IBM, NEC, Sprint, VeriSign, Siemens Business Services, Inc., TELUS and Equant. For more information, visit us on the web at www.frontbridge.com.

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