Products from 16 Leading Firewall Vendors Are Certified in First Round of Testing

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 5, 1996 -- NEC Technologies' Internet Business Unit (IBU) announced today that the PrivateNet TM Secure Firewall Server has passed firewall certification testing by the National Computer Security Association (NCSA), an independent laboratory in Carlisle, Pa. NCSA announced the results of its initial round of firewall certification on June 3.

According to the NCSA, Certified Internet Firewall products are tested against a standardized and evolving suite of attacks while allowing desired business functions to be accomplished. NEC Technologies will be authorized to use the "NCSA Certified" logo for marketing and other promotional purposes. The NCSA says the purpose of certification is to simplify the evaluation, purchase and installation of firewalls, enabling users and buyers to choose the right products for their networks.

"This is the first release of the PrivateNet server, and we think this early certification is evidence of the strong design that has gone into the product," said Michael Lechner, director of engineering of the Internet Business Unit. "We have an aggressive plan to add new features and enhancements that we believe will place us in a leading technology position in the firewall market."

The PrivateNet server, introduced this February, is a turnkey, hardware/software firewall system that is marketed and supported exclusively by resellers. It features a security-hardened UNIX operating system, Pentium-driven hardware, and proxy-server firewall software that is supplied on CD-ROM for added security, ease of use and ready upgrade. The current suggested retail price for the unlimited network version is $14,950, similar to what other vendors charge for less-secure packet-filter firewalls. The system is distributed nationally by Ingram Micro Inc.

Information on NCSA firewall certification testing procedures, as well as products that are currently certified, is posted on the NCSA Web site at Information on PrivateNet, including a technical white paper, can be accessed at

About the Internet Business Unit

The Internet Business Unit was formed in July 1995 to address the needs of organizations that require secure and productive Internet and intranet connection and use. The unit's first technologies, products and services are security-related. The Internet Business Unit is located in San Jose, California and can be contacted at (800) 668-4869. Further information can be found on the World Wide Web at

About NEC Technologies

Headquartered in Boxborough, Mass., NEC Technologies Inc. is a leading manufacturer of computers and peripherals for the North American market. Award-winning product lines include the PowerMate(R) and Ready System products, RISC-based workstations and servers, Versa(R) notebook computers, the MultiSync(R) X-Series of monitors and presentation products, Silentwriter(R) and SuperScript(tm) printers and MultiSpin(R) CD-ROM readers. NEC Technologies is a subsidiary of NEC Corporation.

PowerMate, Versa, MultiSync, Silentwriter and MultiSpin are registered trademarks and SocksPlus, PrivateNet, and SuperScript are trademarks of NEC Technologies. All other names are property of their respective owners.

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Nancy R. Teater
Hamilton Communications
phone: +1 415 321 0252
fax: +1 415 327 4660




Nancy Teater, Hamilton Communications
(415) 321-0252

Bill Hansen, NEC Technologies, Internet Business Unit
(408) 433-2192

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