ISS and Crossbeam Systems Team Up to Offer Network Intrusion Prevention for World’s Largest Networks

By | September 19, 2006

Internet Security Systems, Inc. (ISS) (NASDAQ: ISSX), the worldwide leader in pre-emptive enterprise security, and Crossbeam Systems, the leader in unified threat management (UTM) for the world’s largest networks, today announced an alliance to deliver industry-leading intrusion prevention on high-performance security switches.

Through this alliance, Crossbeam will incorporate ISS Proventia® Network Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) technology into its high-end UTM platforms to accommodate enterprise needs for fast, highly scalable security solutions.

“The alliance with Crossbeam is a key extension of our ‘Powered By ISS’ program and a direct response to market demand,” said Tom Noonan, president and CEO of Internet Security Systems. “ISS introduced the program in May of this year to enable increased flexibility and scalability in delivering best-of-breed security technologies to the mainstream market. Through ‘Powered By ISS,’ we are supplying service and technology providers with the full range of ISS tools, processes, intelligence and support needed to protect customers from Internet threats. Crossbeam is highly regarded in the carrier and service provider markets and this alliance will strengthen ISS’ position in these key growth areas.”

“Carrier and service provider organisations are increasingly embracing the flexibility and simplicity that a high-end UTM solution offers,” said Peter George, president and CEO of Crossbeam Systems. “These organisations demand best-of breed security applications running on high-performance, purpose-built network security hardware. Proventia Network IPS running on Crossbeam will enable both Crossbeam and ISS to further penetrate the service provider and carrier markets.”

Crossbeam offers both enterprise-class and provider-class UTM solutions. Recently, ISS has seen an increased demand among telecommunications carriers and other service providers to deliver centralised security to their end users as a market differentiator or as a new revenue opportunity. Through the Crossbeam alliance and other similar agreements, ISS will increasingly meet the needs of carriers and service providers via the “Powered By ISS” program.

The “Powered By ISS” program is intended to extend the reach of ISS pre-emptive security to a much broader market, allowing participants to quickly and effectively meet customers’ security and regulatory compliance needs. Due to the versatility and open architecture of the ISS protection platform, ISS has the ability to provide the security backbone for a wide variety of organisations.

ISS Proventia Network IPS protects against both vulnerabilities and exploits to effectively block known and unknown attacks before impact, enabling organisations to prevent costly security breaches, improve network availability and achieve regulatory compliance. Through its proprietary Virtual Patch® technology, ISS protects organisations from online attacks before they are able to obtain and apply patches from affected vendors, in many cases translating into protection from software flaws months before the affected vendor is able to release a patch.

Crossbeam UTM solutions couple best-in-class security applications with high-performance, purpose-built network security hardware. The end result is massive appliance consolidation, eliminating up to 100 separate devices per Crossbeam security switch, and the ability to build defence in depth infrastructures at a reasonable cost.

The ISS Proventia Network Intrusion Prevention System for Crossbeam will be available to select customers beginning this quarter. For further details, please visit:

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