Sun Protects Networks Against Cyber Threats with Security Solutions

2/12/2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) announced new security solutions and technologies to address the growing tide of costly network security threats. The new offerings include features of the next-generation Solaris(tm) Operating System, Sun(sm) Managed Security Services, a Reference Solution for building secure global government computing networks and advanced features for the Sun(tm) Crypto Accelerator 4000 board.

"Dealing with security breaches is costing businesses and government more every year," said Scott McNealy, chairman, president and CEO of Sun Microsystems, Inc. "With the Java(tm) security model; Solaris, the gold standard for defense agency-grade operating systems; Java Card(tm) technology for secure smart card authentication; and the world-class Sun Java System Identity Server, we're delivering the industry's leading end-to-end strategy and architecture for trusted network computing."

Sun Unveils Next-Generation Solaris Operating System Features
Sun today announced advances in Solaris 10 technology (see related announcement, "Sun Previews Landmark Solaris 10") that provide next-generation functionality for the Solaris Operating System. New advances include N1(tm) Grid Containers, predictive self-healing technologies and important security enhancements. The security features, along with Sun's stateful packet filtering technology, help strengthen the already robust Solaris and Trusted Solaris OS, the only commercial operating system to be certified against the highest combination of assurance levels and protection profiles. The new security features include:

Sun and VeriSign Provide Enterprises with Proactive Security Management to Deliver Early Warning, Incident Prevention and Response Services
Sun and VeriSign, Inc., a leading provider of critical infrastructure security services for the Internet and telecommunications networks, today announced a strategic alliance to deliver comprehensive, integrated network security solutions through the new Sun Managed Security Services (SMSS) offering. Expanding the Sun Managed Services portfolio, SMSS includes vulnerability assessment and around-the-clock management and security threat monitoring, leveraging VeriSign Intelligence and Control Services(sm) for Network Security.

"Through the Sun/VeriSign alliance, we can now bring to more enterprises Managed Security Services that allow them to see threats not just inside their corporate walls, but across the Internet as well," said Stratton Sclavos, chairman and CEO of VeriSign, Inc.

SMSS can be deployed as a standalone security solution or as a component of a comprehensive multisourcing strategy, giving the customer more choice and control over the solution than offerings from other vendors. It is the only integrated MSS offering that is SunTone(sm) certified, a mark of excellence in IT operations and management. SMSS will be available globally in February 2004 as a fixed-priced subscription service available in one- to three-year terms.

Security Solutions for Global Government and Commercial Networks
Sun also announced a new Sun Reference Solution for Secure Network Access Platform, designed to provide highly secure, stable and efficient network configurations. This new solution is based on best practices from Sun customers such as the U.S. Department of Defense Joint Intelligence Center Pacific (JICPAC), which provided the business and technical requirements necessary to create the solution for role-based network access and secure collaboration.

The new Reference Solution for Secure Network Access Platform can provide immediate reductions in acquisition costs through the consolidation of multiple PC clients into a single Sun Ray(tm) client, and through improved end-user operations efficiencies in their secure information day-to-day workflow. On average, customers are able to replace up to six PC clients with a single Sun Ray client and network connection. This can substantially reduce the acquisition cost for new users and the long-term total cost of ownership.

Enhanced Sun Crypto Technology Provides More System Flexibility and Maintains 10 Times Faster Performance than Software Encryption
Sun also announced today an important upgrade to its Sun Crypto Accelerator 4000 board that makes it more open and flexible for customers. Announced last year, the Sun Crypto Accelerator 4000 board is a hardware cryptography device that offloads security functions (both SSL and IPsec) from the system processor. As a result, customers do not need to purchase additional compute capacity to handle secure transactions. The Sun Crypto Accelerator 4000 board can execute up to 4300 SSL transactions per second, delivering 10 times faster processing performance compared to encryption executed using only software. The upgrade allows customers to configure the accelerator for either more security bandwidth or for more system resources, depending on their needs.

Sun's new offerings build on the Solaris and Trusted Solaris Operating Systems, Sun's more than 50 security-focused architecture blueprints, and its best-in-class relationships with widely recognized security and software firms including AC Technology, Inc., Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., Citrix Systems, Inc., Cryptek, Inc., Sourcefire, Inc., Tenix Datagate, Inc., Trusted Computer Solutions, Inc. and VeriSign, Inc. Sun continues its leadership in secure network computing by helping customers such as the China Ministry of Railways, Howrey, Simon, Arnold and White, LLP, the U.S. Department of Defense Joint Intelligence Center Pacific (JICPAC), and Swedbank protect their corporate assets.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at

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