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FireMon Acquires Saperix Technologies

FireMon expands security operations solution with patented risk analysis technology developed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Overland Park, KS — Apr. 19, 2011 — FireMon, LLC, the leader in security operations solutions, today announced that it has acquired Saperix Technologies. Included in the acquisition is exclusive license rights to risk analysis software developed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. The software accurately measures risk for enterprise networks by generating attack graphs identifying the most critical threats and the most effective countermeasures.

“Managing complex security environments remains one of the primary challenges enterprises face,” said Gary Fish, FireMon CEO and network security pioneer. “As the leader in the firewall operations market, we felt that adding risk analysis was the right next step for our company and the market. This technology acquisition will allow us to rapidly meet our vision of providing a real-time, comprehensive security operations solution to our customers.”

“With over 10 years of development, there isn't a more scalable and capable automated risk analysis product on the market today," said Stephen Boyer, CEO of Saperix. "The Saperix software is proven technology. But to grow that technology into a complete risk analysis solution, we needed to incorporate device-specific knowledge and operational capabilities. We found these capabilities in FireMon, which will save significant development effort and time. The integration of the Saperix and FireMon technologies forms the foundation of a powerful and compelling solution that we can bring to market quickly.”

The software produces an accurate and automated risk assessment, identifies the most effective mitigation tactics, predicts the most pressing threats posed by hypothetical zero-day attacks, and evaluates the effectiveness of current and planned security solutions. By creating a network model based on firewall policies and vulnerability data, it generates attack graphs to model threats and countermeasures.

“We are very excited about this acquisition,” says Jody Brazil, President and CTO of FireMon. “By combining the power of FireMon’s firewall operations capabilities with the patented risk analysis functionality from Saperix, we will provide an even more powerful, extensive enterprise security management solution.”

About FireMon

FireMon, formerly Secure Passage, provides enterprise security management software that gives companies deeper visibility and tighter control over their network security infrastructure. The leading provider of firewall policy, risk, and compliance management solutions, FireMon’s flagship product, Security Manager, simplifies and automates the analysis of configuration and change management processes to enhance security, optimize performance, and speed compliance reporting. Security Manager analyzes changes and performs audits in real time; simplifies policy management; and enforces configuration governance across firewalls, switches, routers, and other network devices. Security Manager is the only solution on the market that can be customized to meet the unique audit and compliance reporting requirements for networks of all sizes while enabling IT organizations to do more with less effort. Enterprise-strength deployments of Security Manager around the world support more than 40,000 security devices from vendors such as Check Point, Juniper, Cisco, McAfee, f5, and Palo Alto. For more information, visit www.firemon.com.

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