IBM Internet Security Systems Unveils New Virtual E-mail Security Appliance

Helps Companies Achieve Comprehensive, Ahead-of-the-Threat Protection While Reducing Infrastructure Costs and Complexity

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ATLANTA, GA - 01 Aug 2007: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today unveiled a virtual e-mail security solution based on the existing Proventia(R) Network Mail Security System from its Internet Security Systems (ISS) division. By allowing robust e-mail security to run alongside other applications within a single piece of hardware, the virtual version of this product is designed to enable organizations of all sizes to block the full realm of malicious code

"With so many organizations falling victim to data leakage and the loss of confidential information in today's computing environment, a powerful e-mail security product that has the ability to inspect both inbound and outbound communication is a necessary piece of any network infrastructure. Without an e-mail security solution featuring fully automated inspection, that can understand the intent and content of each message, many organizations are left more vulnerable," said Scott Paisley, Business Line Manager for E-mail & Content Security at IBM Internet Security Systems. "As more organizations are realizing the benefits of virtualized environments for cutting costs and removing IT complexities, IBM ISS remains at the forefront of the industry by supporting these virtualization initiatives with the cutting-edge security we've been delivering to customers for nearly 13 years."

Companies that choose to use virtual solutions for key pieces of messaging and collaboration recognize that virtualization can significantly reduce costs and the burden of management for IT organizations. By offering a virtual security solution to verify the integrity of messaging technology deployments, IBM can also add value through a lower total cost of hardware, a clear process for disaster recovery and a simplified means for tracking, auditing and preventing messaging-based threats.

The new IBM ISS virtual e-mail security appliance provides customers with the same powerful capabilities as the original Proventia Network Mail Security System. Unlike many e-mail security solutions that tend to focus solely on anti-spam technology, the IBM ISS solution offers more comprehensive, preemptive protection against messaging threats through one of the industry's leading intrusion prevention system (IPS) technologies. In addition to featuring this key technology, IBM ISS' Proventia Network Mail Security System is designed to effectively block both traditional and image-based spam, providing customers with a layered solution to secure their messaging infrastructure.

IBM's Proventia portfolio is part of an integrated and unified security platform. The IBM Internet Security Systems product line integrates through a centralized management console, IBM Proventia Management SiteProtector™, designed to maximize protection and simplify management. Through its Proventia protection platform, IBM ISS provides multi-layered protection from network to host. By infusing products with security intelligence from the IBM Internet Security Systems X-Force® research and development team and its unique IBM Virtual Patch® technology, IBM security solutions are designed to protect customers before their business assets are impacted by online intrusions.

The virtual version of the Proventia Network Mail Security System is scheduled to be available this month. The product is highly scalable and is priced on a tiered basis, making it possible to obtain enterprise class security at prices affordable for businesses of all sizes. Currently, the product supports the VMware virtualization platform, with plans to extend to other platforms in the future. For further information on IBM ISS e-mail security solutions, go to: http://iss.net/products/Proventia_Mail_Appliance/product_main_page.html

About IBM Internet Security Systems

IBM Internet Security Systems is the trusted security advisor to thousands of the world's leading businesses and governments, providing preemptive protection for networks, desktops and servers. An established leader in security since 1994, the IBM Proventia® integrated security platform is designed to automatically protect against both known and unknown threats, helping to keep networks up and running and shielding customers from online attacks before they impact business assets. IBM Internet Security Systems products and services are based on the proactive security intelligence of its X-Force® research and development team -- the unequivocal world authority in vulnerability and threat research. The Internet Security Systems product line is also complemented by comprehensive Managed Security Services and Professional Security Services. For more information, visit the Internet Security Systems Web site at www.iss.net or call 800-776-2362.

Internet Security Systems and SiteProtector are trademarks and Proventia, X-Force and Virtual Patch are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both. All other companies and products mentioned are trademarks and property of their respective owners.