SOURCE: Safend

May 06, 2008 09:00 ET

Safend Attains Gold Certified Partner Status in Microsoft Partner Program

Leading Endpoint DLP Provider Further Distinguishes Itself by Earning Microsoft Competencies in the Security Solutions and Advanced Infrastructure Solutions Categories

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - May 6, 2008) - Safend, a leading provider of enterprise endpoint Data Leakage Prevention (DLP) solutions, today announced it has attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program with competencies in the Security Solutions and the Advanced Infrastructure Solutions categories. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners enrolled in these competencies have proven their skills in advanced security solutions to help protect customer information assets by building solutions such as security management and operations, anti-malware protection and network-edge security, and identity and access management. As a Gold Certified Partner, Safend has demonstrated expertise and deep knowledge of Microsoft technologies and a proven ability to meet customers' data security needs.

Safend's flagship endpoint DLP solution, Safend Protector, guards confidential data stored on enterprise PCs and laptops against loss, theft and tampering by both monitoring the transfer of sensitive data as well as controlling access to removable storage devices and wireless communication ports, including USB, FireWire, WiFi, Bluetooth, Infrared (IrDA) and CD/DVDs. Safend offers additional layers of protection with its USB/PS2 anti-keylogger feature, removable/external storage and CD/DVD encryption, and offline tracking of USB storage device activity. Management features include file shadowing, load balancing, and management by domain, providing increased options for large organizations with multiple security administrators to manage their data security policies.

"We are pleased to attain Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program," said Gil Sever, CEO of Safend. "Safend Protector is a comprehensive endpoint DLP solution that enables Microsoft customers to secure the integrity and safety of their data, protecting it from data leakage threats via portable devices and wireless ports. As part of the Gold Certified Partner program, Safend will continue to meet the growing demands of Microsoft customers and provide a best-in-class solution on the market today."

"Customers are looking for partner companies that can bridge the gap between their business demands and technology capabilities," said Allison Watson, corporate vice president of the Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. "They need to trust in a company that can act as an expert adviser for their long-term strategic technology plans. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners, which have certified expertise and direct training and support from Microsoft, can build a positive customer experience with our technologies. Today, Microsoft recognizes Safend as a new Gold Certified Partner for demonstrating its expertise in providing customer satisfaction using Microsoft products and technology."

As one of the requirements for attaining Gold Certified status, partners must apply for program approval under the specific Microsoft Competencies that are pertinent to their capabilities. These Competencies are designed to help differentiate a partner's capabilities with specific Microsoft technologies for customers seeking a particular solution. The Security Solutions Competency is designed to recognize the unique skills and requirements of partners specializing in delivering security-based solutions, and the Advanced Infrastructure Solutions competency recognizes partners with proven expertise in designing and/or implementing complex infrastructure solutions. Safend's acceptance to the program under these competencies recognizes its expertise in the technology and data security marketplace.

"Security is a priority for Microsoft, and we rely on our partners to help us deliver security-based solutions to our customers," said Mark Hassall, director of Security and Access Product Management at Microsoft Corp. "As customers continue to automate business processes, solutions competencies such as these enable our partners to better identify and showcase their security solutions skills to respond to increasing customer demands to better secure and optimize their infrastructure."

The Microsoft Partner Program was launched in October 2003 and represents Microsoft's ongoing commitment to the success of partners worldwide. The program offers a single, integrated partnering framework that recognizes partner expertise, rewards the total impact that partners have in the technology marketplace, and delivers more value to help partners' businesses be successful. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners receive a rich set of benefits, including access to training and support, giving them a competitive advantage in the channel.

About Safend

Safend is a leading provider of endpoint data leakage prevention solutions that protect against corporate data loss via physical, wireless and removable media ports while ensuring compliance with regulatory data security and privacy standards. With more than 700 customers worldwide and 1.5 million licenses sold, Safend's solutions are deployed by multinational enterprises, government agencies and small to mid-size companies across the globe. Founded in 2003, Safend is a privately held company funded by Elron Electronics (NASDAQ: ELRN) (TASE: ELRN), Intel Capital and Walden Israel. Safend is headquartered in Tel Aviv with U.S. headquarters in Philadelphia. For more information, visit www.safend.com.

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