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TippingPoint Introduces Groundbreaking Network Security Platform Designed for Data Center and Core Network Deployments

New threat suppression engine leverages industry leading dvlabs research to deliver most comprehensive real-world network security while reducing cost

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TippingPoint, a 3Com subsidiary and a leader in network security solutions, today announced the TippingPoint?? N-Platform, a new intrusion prevention system (IPS) platform with a newly-designed Threat Suppression Engine (TSE) that adds significant capacity for deep packet traffic inspection. The N-Platform enables the integration of multiple network protection services and provides organizations with the security automation required to help reduce total cost of security and ensure business continuity. The N-Platform further leverages the industry-leading research of TippingPoint's Digital Vaccine?? Labs (DVLabs) and Zero Day Initiative by incorporating security intelligence from over 1,100 external security researchers worldwide. The platform was developed to help customers meet the broad security demands of the new data center and is a key component of the recently-announced 3Com Secure Network Fabric, which integrates security platforms and LAN infrastructure equipment from TippingPoint and H3C, the enterprise networking brand of 3Com.

"As a TippingPoint customer, we have always been impressed by the quality and performance of their security products. We jumped at the opportunity to test the N-Platform and we haven't been disappointed," said Kris Jmaeff, information security systems specialist at Interior Health, a health authority established by the Government of British Columbia. "The TippingPoint N-Platform is extremely fast and very powerful. The number of filters providing inspection can be increased exponentially, yet the performance is as strong - if not stronger - than ever."

Organizations are actively seeking ways to cut costs through data center consolidation and convergence of technologies. At the same time, compliance with industry regulations continues to be a primary driver of technology spending. "These data center trends are also being impacted by outside influences such as erosion of the traditional network perimeter and a surge of new vulnerabilities targeting Web applications," said Rob Ayoub, senior security research analyst at Frost & Sullivan. "As companies struggle to reconcile their security spending with these new data center demands, TippingPoint's IPS Platform provides an ideal solution that meets the needs for total cost of ownership and uncompromised security."

Extensible Security Framework Provides a Foundation for Growth

The TippingPoint N-Platform includes a modular software architecture that supports faster development and deployment of new IPS filter packages from DVLabs, as well as from customers. It also provides the foundation for development of security services that can be powered by deep packet inspection (DPI). Examples of the security services that the new IPS Platform will support include: customer-defined Internet Protocol (IP) reputation services; the TippingPoint Reputation Digital Vaccine?? (DV) Service; the TippingPoint Web Application DV Service; data leakage protection (DLP) filter sets; network location-based policies (perimeter, core, etc.) and customer developed filter sets.

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