Great Bay, Cisco Sign Agreement

Great Bay Software has signed an OEM agreement with Cisco that adds the its Beacon Endpoint Profiler solution to the Cisco NAC product line

August 1, 2007

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GREENLAND, N.H. -- Great Bay Software, Inc., the innovator of Endpoint Profiling for enterprise networks, today announced it has signed a worldwide OEM agreement with Cisco that adds the company’s Beacon Endpoint Profiler solution to the award-winning Cisco Network Admission Control (NAC) product line. This agreement ensures that all network-attached endpoints, including non-PCs, meet the specified requirements for network access, creating the industry’s most comprehensive NAC solution set.

As part of the agreement, Cisco will rebrand and sell the Beacon Endpoint Profiler as Cisco NAC Profiler. The Endpoint Profiling and Behavior Monitoring functions provided by NAC Profiler combined with the Cisco NAC Appliance solution will ease deployments and improve the security management of endpoints unassociated with specific users, such as network printers, medical imaging devices, IP phones, HVAC sensors and wireless access points. NAC Profiler can improve the return on investment for a NAC deployment by dynamically tracking the movement of these devices on the network.

The Cisco NAC Profiler provides a number of benefits both in the initial implementation of NAC and throughout the entire lifecycle of a deployment. Great Bay’s Endpoint Profiling technology generates an automated inventory of all endpoints, significantly reducing the level of effort required in the implementation of NAC. The Cisco NAC Profiler informs the NAC system of critical endpoint data, including device address information, a type descriptor (printer, phone, AP, UPS, etc.), access type (a value that defines the appropriate level of access for that endpoint) and access to additional information about that device and its history in the network. This eliminates the need for manual inventories and data entry.

“We’re excited to extend our collaboration with Cisco and to be part of an end-to-end NAC solution that provides a security model for all network-attached endpoints,” said Steve Pettit, president of Great Bay Software. “Customers will benefit from Cisco’s global business infrastructure and from the ongoing innovation this relationship will continue to deliver.”

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)

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