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Secure Computing’s Sidewinder G2 Security Appliance Named a ’Product of the Year’ By Information Security Magazine


SAN JOSE, CA -- 12/29/2004 -- Secure Computing Corporation (NASDAQ:SCUR), the experts in securing connections between people, applications, and networks(TM), today announced that the company’s Sidewinder G2(R) Security Appliance was named by Information Security magazine a Product of the Year for 2004. The Sidewinder G2 received the bronze award in the network firewall category.

The Products of the Year awards are based on a comprehensive survey, conducted by Information Security and its research partner, The InfoPro. Survey results were based on feedback from 416 infosecurity professionals, in 273 companies, who actually use the products. Among the 1,239 products evaluated by these security managers, 39 products in 13 categories were singled out as the best commercial infosecurity products of 2004.

Criteria by which the products were evaluated included vendor brand or reputation, quality of product, delivery of product as promised, quality of technical support, technical innovation, strategic vision, competitive positioning of the product, quality of the sales team, interoperability and ease of doing business with the vendor.

“We are especially pleased to receive this award because the judges are the professional security managers we put so much effort into working with to ensure that the firewall and secure operating system, Secure OS(R), at the heart of Sidewinder G2 makes it the world’s most secure security appliance,” said Steve Miller, vice president, of worldwide marketing for Secure Computing. “There has never been a CERT advisory for the Sidewinder G2, and the Sidewinder has never been hacked, even after we offered a $100,000 reward to any hacker who could. That’s why security professionals from the world’s most sensitive organizations use our Sidewinder G2 Security Appliances at the perimeter of their networks.”

The Sidewinder G2 Security Appliance is the most comprehensive gateway security appliance in the world. It protects your applications and networks against the latest threats at gigabit speeds -- while reducing the complexity of managing a total perimeter security solution. These security functions include our Application Defenses(TM) firewall with optional embedded anti-virus, anti-spam, traffic anomaly detection, IDS/IPS, and other critical protective features.

About Secure Computing

Secure Computing (NASDAQ:SCUR) has been securing the connections between people and information for over 20 years. Specializing in delivering solutions that secure these connections, Secure Computing is uniquely qualified to be the global security solutions provider to organizations of all sizes. Our more than 11,000 global customers, supported by a worldwide network of partners, include the majority of the Dow Jones Global 50 Titans and the most prominent organizations in banking, financial services, healthcare, telecommunications, manufacturing, public utilities, and federal and local governments. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and has sales offices worldwide. For more information, see

About Information Security magazine

A monthly magazine distributed to a qualified, controlled circulation of more than 60,000 IT security professionals, TechTarget’s Information Security is widely regarded as the single most authoritative source for in-depth coverage of security technologies, practices, and trends. The magazine’s more than 100 advertisers include the leading vendors of security services and technologies, among them IBM, Microsoft, Cisco, CA, RSA Security, Symantec and VeriSign.

About The InfoPro:

The InfoPro (TIP) investigates key technology sectors in six-month intervals or “waves” by interviewing hundreds of IT decision makers, pre-screened for domain expertise, for an average of one hour each. Known as the “voice of the customer,” thousands of IT professionals, technology providers and institutional investors rely on TIP research for robust data on vendor spending and ratings, technology adoption plans -- overlaying the vendors poised to benefit -- and rich narrative commentary. TIP studies the information security, storage, networking, and server markets. Over 800 technology decision makers are members of the TIPNetwork, including IT decision makers from JPMorgan Chase, BellSouth, Honeywell, P&G and Visa. To learn more about TIP’s independent, objective research process, where results are delivered without any analyst spin or bias, visit

This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to the product of the year award from Information Security magazine for the Sidewinder G2 security appliance, and the expected benefits of such award and relationship, and such statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are delays in product development, undetected software errors or bugs, competitive pressures, technical difficulties, changes in customer requirements, general economic conditions and the risk factors detailed from time to time in Secure Computing’s periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


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