Top Security Firms Join Microsoft Security Services Partner Program

SAN FRANCISCO, April 9, 2001 — Microsoft Corp. today announced at RSA Conference 2001 that three of the top names in computer security — Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC), Foundstone Inc. and Guardent Inc. — will join with Microsoft to provide security consulting services as part of the Microsoft Security Services Partner Program. Designed to provide customers with an online directory of consulting companies with security expertise, the Microsoft Security Services Partner Program supports a community of technical professionals — over 50 partners in 16 countries — that specialize in securing Microsoft® environments. Participants have ongoing access to quality security information and training from Microsoft as well as support for managed security services that assist customers in securing their individual environments.

“We are very pleased to participate in the Security Services Partner Program with Microsoft,”
said Jack Trotter, director of strategic planning for Global Information Security Services at CSC.
“As a world-class provider of information security services, we believe that the synergies and specialized expertise afforded by this collaboration will greatly benefit Microsoft, CSC and our respective customers in deploying effective, enduring security solutions.”

“Microsoft and the participating partners share one common goal — keeping customers’ information safe,”
said Jason Matusow, program manager for the Microsoft Security Services Program at Microsoft.
“Microsoft offers a great deal of technology to assist with security, but security features are only as good as the people who implement them. It is our hope that this program will ultimately help customers secure their environments by providing access to a community of companies that are specialized in securing Microsoft environments.”

Foundstone and Guardent Announce Managed Security Services

Both Guardent and Foundstone today announced managed security services that will assist customers in using Microsoft Windows® 2000 and Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2000.

Foundstone will roll out FoundScan Managed Security Services (MSS) for the Microsoft Windows platform, which will assist customers in assessing the security of their networks. The subscription-based service provides year-round, 24×7 intrusion prevention for Windows 2000-based networks. Through its Active Assessment technology, Foundstone is able to analyze a customer’s environment and then use captured data to discover not only vulnerabilities, but also complex interrelationships.

“Foundstone is honored that Microsoft has recognized our leadership capabilities for security assessment and hardening of Windows 2000-based networks,”
said George Kurtz, CEO of Foundstone.
“The close and continuous relationship we have with Microsoft as a result of our participation in the Security Services Partner Program is the key to providing the highest level of service and the fastest possible response to the security needs of Windows 2000 customers.”

Guardent also announced a Managed Security Service for Microsoft ISA Server 2000. The service helps companies maximize their IT resources by offering combined firewall and 24×7 intrusion detection capabilities for organizations running on the Microsoft platform.

“The timely, solid information we get from Microsoft via the Security Services Partner Program is an important component of our service,”
said Dan McCall, executive vice president and co-founder of Guardent.
“A benefit of our relationship with Microsoft is that we are able to offer customers a cost-effective, 24×7 security service that leverages the extensibility features of the Microsoft ISA platform.”

Additional information on the Microsoft Security Services Partner Program can be found at .

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