SOURCE: Secure Computing

September 11, 2007 08:00 ET

Secure Computing and General Dynamics Canada Safeguard Combat Communications With Mobile Firewall

MESHnet Firewall Protects Confidential Military Field Communications Against Cyber-Based Attacks

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - September 11, 2007) - Secure Computing Corporation (NASDAQ: SCUR) and General Dynamics Canada today announced the availability of the MESHnet Firewall for use in battlefield vehicles. MESHnet features Secure Computing's first Evaluation Assurance Level 4 (EAL4) common-criteria-certified firewall ruggedized to Military Standard 810. It can be seen in the General Dynamics booth at the Defence Systems & Equipment International (DSEi) conference in London, England, 11-14 September.

"The confidentiality of communications between armored vehicles is crucial to soldiers' safety and the success of their mission," said Rick Bracken, project manager, General Dynamics Canada. "The MESHnet Firewall consolidates all major Internet functions into one, creating best-of-breed protection. In addition, its conduction-cooled chassis and uninterrupted performance in harsh military environments make it ideal for mounted and dismounted military platforms."

Network-centric operations require data to be shared between brigades, coalitions and even civil authorities. Advanced application-layer firewalls successfully protect networks by monitoring data flow to ensure only authorized data is exchanged, and to detect and prevent intrusion attempts and viruses embedded in data flow. In tactical environments, the exchange of sensitive, classified data is essential, making the need for firewalls even more pronounced as military networks need to be fully protected to prevent security breaches.

Developed by General Dynamics Canada, the MESHnet Firewall is a conduction-cooled platform running Secure Computing's Sidewinder® Firewall. Secure Computing Corporation is a leading enterprise gateway security company and its Sidewinder Software provides the following essential features necessary for this type of deployment:

--  Unequalled CERT advisory record and zero emergency security patches
    during its 11+ year life set it apart from all other enterprise firewalls
    on both a cost of ownership and security standpoint.
    
--  Provides the performance, scalability and network protection needed by
    units deployed on the tactical mobile battlefield.
    
--  Contains application-layer protection that enforces a positive
    security model to protect against threats contained at the application
    level versus just the network level (70 percent of all attacks occur at the
    application layer today).
    
--  Contains intrusion prevention capability (IPS) as well as integration
    with the TrustedSource™ global reputation system to provide proactive
    protection from known and unknown (zero-hour) threats.
    

These major capabilities make Sidewinder extremely popular in high-security deployments like those of military and government agencies around the world.

The MESHnet Firewall is available through General Dynamics. A press briefing on the firewall will be held by General Dynamics Canada at the Platinum Room 6 Media Centre at DSEi on Tuesday, 11 September at 14:30.

About Secure Computing Corporation

Secure Computing Corporation (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 http://www.securecomputing.com.

About General Dynamics

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 82,900 people worldwide and anticipates 2007 revenues of approximately $27 billion. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about the company is available online at www.generaldynamics.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to the anticipated delivery of a ruggedized product to General Dynamics and the expected benefits of such relationship, 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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