Liquid Machines, McAfee Partner To Integrate Data Loss Prevention, Enterprise Rights Management

Integrated solution provides end-to-end, persistent information protection

December 8, 2008

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WALTHAM, MASS., and SANTA CLARA, CALIF. - December 8, 2008 - Liquid Machines, Inc., the leader in Enterprise Rights Management (ERM) solutions and McAfee, Inc. (NYSE: MFE), today announced a partnership to integrate their solutions that prevent the loss of corporate intellectual property and industry or regulated data. The integrated solution enables customers, using McAfee DLP Discover, to easily locate data regardless of where it is stored and then to persistently protect electronic information with Liquid Machines. The information is then enforced with McAfee DLP Prevent to ensure transmitted information is protected according to policy.

Customers use Liquid Machines to secure and control their most critical information, including intellectual property, executive and board communications, customer data and human resources information, while enabling secure collaboration and strict adherence to regulatory compliance. The solution supports most current applications, operating systems and computing architectures including Microsoft Office System, Microsoft Windows Vista and Intel-based 64-bit computers. Liquid Machines is built on Microsoft Active Directory Rights Management Services (RMS) in Windows Server which helps safeguard against unauthorized use of digital information and documents - online and offline, inside or outside of the firewall.

"Customers of data loss prevention (DLP) solutions are looking for tight integration with encryption and persistent protection technologies such as Liquid Machines - this is the last mile of layered security," said Ed Gaudet, senior vice president of corporate development and marketing. "McAfee and Liquid Machines are among the first vendors to recognize the importance of persistent protection and the power of a combined solution for enterprise customers."

"Our integration with Liquid Machines solves a challenge our mutual customers face - locating the right information to protect and automatically applying persistent security and control, protecting it from unauthorized access and use," said Faizel Lakhani, Vice President Data Loss Prevention. "McAfee's differentiated approach to data protection and advanced innovative learning delivers a next-generation data protection solution that is steps ahead of its competition."

The McAfee DLP solution helps an organization protect all the information assets on its network without requiring upfront knowledge of what needs to be protected, regardless of how that information is stored, secured or communicated. The integration with Liquid Machines provides an automated data protection workflow in which McAfee DLP, with its unique technology that learns and adapts to automate the ongoing protection of data, will locate sensitive information, and based on usage rules, automatically apply rights-management protection.

"The McAfee/Liquid Machines partnership has the potential to enable new business processes that have otherwise been dormant or inefficient because of the risk of data loss," said Christine Kincaid, global security architecture strategist at a major financial bank. "The combined solution supports people doing their jobs without putting the company at risk. We have been working with both companies and look forward to evaluating the integrated solution."

In the June 18, 2008 Magic Quadrant for Content Monitoring and Filtering and Data Loss Prevention, Gartner analysts Eric Ouellet and Paul Proctor predicted the integration of data loss prevention and rights management technologies: "Traditional access control technologies only provide the ability to restrict access to sensitive information - they do not offer a layer of control once access has been provided. DLP, however, can restrict the use, as determined by policy, of sensitive information after access has been granted. These technologies use content inspection and will, in the near future, offer full integration with enterprise digital rights management (EDRM) tools, along with host-based encryption and other control technologies for enforcing policy."[i]

Availability and Pricing

The initial version of the integration, delivered as the Liquid Machines Gateway for DLP, is available now for customers to evaluate in proof-of-concept scenarios. For pricing and additional information, please contact Liquid Machines at 1-781-693-3600.

About Liquid Machines Liquid Machines is the leading provider of enterprise rights management (ERM) solutions that prevent the misuse, modification, loss or theft of intellectual property and sensitive information. By applying access and usage controls to the data itself, electronic information is persistently protected while at rest, in transit and in use-empowering employees to securely collaborate and work with native file formats and applications. A Gold Certified Partner in the Microsoft Partner Program, Liquid Machines enables global companies in the financial services, government, manufacturing, retail and healthcare industries to protect intellectual property regardless of where it goes, generating detailed access and usage reports that demonstrate compliance with privacy and industry regulations. Based in Waltham, Massachusetts, Liquid Machines is privately held and is backed by Atlas Venture, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Goldman Sachs & Co, Masthead Venture Partners and RRE Ventures. For more information on the company and its vision for The Freedom of Security(tm), please visit About McAfee, Inc. McAfee, Inc. is the leading dedicated security technology company. Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, McAfee delivers proactive and proven solutions and services that secure systems and networks around the world. With its unmatched security expertise and commitment to innovation, McAfee empowers home users, businesses, the public sector, and service providers with the ability to block attacks, prevent disruptions and continuously track and improve their security.

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