StillSecure, Force10 Networks Extend Partnership In Convergence Of Network Devices And Security

Companies will enable 802.1x-based network access control (NAC) on all Force10 Ethernet switches

August 26, 2009

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(San Jose, Calif. and Superior, Colo. " August 25, 2009) " Force10 Networks, the technology leader for building and securing intelligent services networks, and StillSecure', provider of secure network infrastructure solutions, today announced an extension of their partnership which enables 802.1x-based network access control (NAC) on all Force10 Ethernet switches.

Security is no longer an add-on " the network must have the inherent capability to protect itself. Through this partnership, Force10 and StillSecure are merging security with the network, embedding protection from a full range of threats into the IT infrastructure.

"Force10 and StillSecure have done the homework of full integration," said Rick Cantu, CEO at Redapt Systems, Inc. "As a solution provider, my customers expect high performance and fully integrated best-of-breed solutions. This partnership is a win-win for customers and partners alike - customers implement a proven bundle while I grow my business faster by saving time and money."

Force10 and StillSecure provide customers with a best-of-breed NAC solution based upon proven interoperability between all Force10 switches that have been standardized on FTOS, the Force10 Operating System, and Safe Access', the industry's best, most secure NAC solution. Through the Safe Access user interface, administrators can easily configure and deploy 802.1x-based NAC, the most secure method of enforcement because access is controlled by the switch.

Force10 Networks' FTOS has been hardened in some of the largest and most demanding environments in the world to meet stringent reliability, scalability and serviceability requirements. The advanced features and modular design of FTOS enable businesses to build networks that are reliable from end-to-end, while reducing operations and management costs.

The partnership helps meet the growing requirements to address the convergence of networking, security, VoIP, and wireless. Using the combined solution, organizations build a more reliable network that is protected from threats associated with today's advanced forms of communication such as SaaS, video, instant messaging and other peer-to-peer applications. The result is a scalable, reliable, application aware network that helps organizations control who is on the network and what resources they can access.

"The combined solution from Force10 and StillSecure provides unmatched reliability, scalability, performance and security," said Steve Garrison, vice president of marketing at Force10. "Leveraging Force10's FTOS operating system and physical switch port security with StillSecure NAC technology provides a complete and robust solution for enterprise customers."

"Working with companies like Force10 helps bring to fruition our vision of combining networking and security to create next generation policy-driven networks. This is where automated, integrated security systems combine with an organization's security policies to control network access, devices, users, and traffic," said Alan Shimel, Chief Strategy Officer at StillSecure. "We're excited to take our partnership to the next level, and look forward to bringing the joint solution to channel partners and customers who are looking to build a secure network infrastructure."

About Force10 Networks Force10 Networks is a technology leader that provides the reliable next generation infrastructure required to build and secure intelligent services networks. Force10's products deliver the scalability, reliability and application awareness to cost-effectively deliver content from the enterprise or converged network to the mobile business user or consumer. For more information on Force10 Networks, please visit

About StillSecure StillSecure delivers comprehensive network security that protects organizations from the perimeter to the endpoint. Offering both products and managed security services, StillSecure enables customers to affordably deploy the optimal blend of technologies for locking down their assets and complying with security policies and regulations. StillSecure customers range from mid-market companies to the world's largest enterprises and agencies in government, financial services, healthcare, education, and technology. For more information please call (303) 381-3830, or visit

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