SOURCE: Secure Computing

September 15, 2008 09:00 ET

Secure Computing Provides Immediate Solution to Office of Management and Budget Requirement Memo on DNS Security

First and Only Firewall to Provide DNS SEC Boundary Controls; Mitigates Risk of Kaminsky DNS Attack, Cache Poisoning, and Other DNS Threats

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - September 15, 2008) - Secure Computing Corporation (NASDAQ: SCUR), a leading enterprise gateway security company, today announced Secure Firewall (formerly known as Sidewinder®) immediately complies with a new Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requirement memo outlining the use of DNS Security (DNSSEC) for all U.S. Federal government systems by the end of 2009.

The memo indicates that government agencies must plan to ensure that all .gov domains are DNSSEC signed by December 2009 and describes a six section rollout plan to assist organizations in reaching their goals. Secure Firewall is the first and only commercially available firewall to include DNSSEC controls to allow organizations to digitally sign DNS requests between Secure Firewall and an authoritative or root server.

The need for long term solutions to DNS insecurities was dramatically demonstrated at this year's Black Hat conference when researcher Dan Kaminsky from IOActive outlined an attack that can compromise e-mail, Web, and other systems on any network using DNS redirection.

DNSSEC creates a method for organizations to ensure that the IP addresses they are asking for are authentic and from the requested server rather than a redirected attacker. The governments of Sweden and Puerto Rico already utilize DNSSEC for exactly this reason, and the OMB memo is creating a deadline by which the US government will utilize DNSSEC as well.

"The OMB mandate of the use of DNSSEC is going to be difficult for some organizations in terms of deployment," said Marcus Sachs, director of the SANS Internet Storm Center, an all-volunteer group that monitors Internet security incidents. "Companies like Secure Computing making DNSSEC technology available in their security products will make it much simpler for federal agencies to comply with the requirement immediately."

"DNS is the linchpin of the Internet, and the Kaminsky attack demonstrates the ease with which one can exploit systems on the Internet through an insecure DNS," said Scott Montgomery, vice president of Global Technical Strategy for Secure Computing. "Our inclusion of DNSSEC within the Secure Firewall is a fundamental part of our commitment to providing the best firewall security in the market."

Pricing and Availability:

DNSSEC within Secure Firewall is available now and is a bundled feature with Secure Computing's full range of appliance models starting at $1,900 USD. For more information about Secure Firewall and Geo-Location, visit:

For additional information about the OMB requirement, please visit:

About Secure Firewall

The Secure Firewall appliance is a market-leading, next-generation firewall that provides application visibility and control for maximum protection -- and the highest network performance. Global visibility of dynamic threats is the centerpiece of Secure Firewall and one of the key reasons for its superior ability to detect unknown threats along with the known. Secure Firewall delivers best-of-breed security, blocking viruses, worms, Trojans, intrusion attempts, spam and phishing tactics, cross-site scripting, SQL injections, denial of service (DoS), and attacks hiding in encrypted protocols. Secure Firewall kills the evasive blended attacks that other security products can't see. Secure Firewall CommandCenter™ provides simplified central management of any number of Secure Firewalls across multiple enterprises. Secure Firewall SecurityReporter™ provides powerful, easy-to-use security event analysis and reporting.

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 22,000 global customers, supported by a worldwide network of more than 2,000 partners. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and has offices worldwide. For more information, see

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