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Juniper Fortifies Security Portfolio

Juniper Networks fortifies network security portfolio; new software optimizes network traffic and mitigates security risk

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Juniper Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: JNPR) today announced the immediate availability of the Juniper Networks ScreenOS version 6.0 operating system for the Integrated Security Gateway (ISG) and Secure Services Gateway (SSG) firewall/VPNs and new Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDP) version 4.1 software for the IDP products. The latest releases provide enterprises with advanced granular visibility and control of business applications and users, enabling them to set and enforce security policies across the network and enhance application delivery and performance to improve user productivity and to keep pace with escalating business requirements.

As business trends such as the dynamic perimeter, virtual enterprises, and deployment of content-rich and collaborative applications gain broader acceptance, enterprises are increasingly recognizing a direct correlation between network performance and business performance. These trends are also driving escalating demands for securing, optimizing and having visibility and control of applications across the network. To date, most offerings have only addressed this issue by having Layer 3-4 visibility in a network or embedding partial application visibility into a single location or device on the network, not embedding Layer 7 intelligence and visibility across the entire network infrastructure. Juniper is addressing these challenges through its new ScreenOS and IDP capabilities to deliver a comprehensive view of the network that enables enterprises to create a responsive and trusted environment for accelerating the deployment of applications and services while simultaneously ma ximizing their existing Juniper Networks infrastructure investments.

'This is the next big step in the enterprise security market. Until now, networking and security administrators have only had a partial view of the traffic and users traversing in and out of their network,' said Jeff Wilson, principal analyst, Infonetics Research. 'With application and user visibility, administrators can do a much better job of identifying and stopping today's threats and controlling application and network usage overall.'

'The growing pressure to maintain security for existing and new applications running on our network is on the rise, while at the same time, we are required to allow employee access to business critical information to ensure productivity. To-date, there has not been an effective way to do this simultaneously,' said Spartaco Cicerchia, manager of Network Infrastructure, Howard Hughes Medical Institute. 'With our current Juniper Networks deployment, through these new simple software enhancements, our company is now able to achieve the level of user and application visibility and control needed to enforce policies and better protect our network.'

Juniper Networks Inc.

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