Network Appliance Unveils Uncompromised Security Initiative
Sunnyvale, Calif. - November 9, 2005 --
Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP), a leading provider of
enterprise storage solutions, today unveiled its Uncompromised
Security Initiative, a visionary program that challenges the status
quo of data security and promises to deliver industry-best
solutions to the enterprise.
The introduction of the NetApp initiative
comes in the wake of an unprecedented number of high-profile
security breaches and incidents of lost backup tapes, viruses,
spyware, and hacking attacks. For instance, in the past year,
leading enterprises in the United States have reported security
incidents that exposed the personal information of more than 50
million consumers combined and exposed numerous companies to
potential legal and regulatory action.
In addition, enterprises are struggling to
maintain compliance with new and ever-changing government
regulations, including Sarbanes Oxley, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act
(GLBA) and the Health Information Portability and Accountability
Act (HIPAA) that can impact a company's overall data security
infrastructure and processes.
"The list of security issues plaguing the
enterprise is endless and costly," said Jon Oltsik, senior analyst,
Enterprise Strategy Group. "As threats increase, enterprises must
consider a comprehensive security strategy from the edge to the
data center or face the inevitable consequences."
There are two core tenets that define
uncompromised security. First, most security solutions today
currently focus on the network perimeter or specific devices and
people, but fail to provide security for data throughout its entire
lifecycle. Very few solutions today secure the data itself as it is
stored and transported across multiple heterogeneous systems. An
uncompromised security approach provides strong protection for
data--regardless of its location or what devices it touches-and
while that data is in-flight and at rest across the entire
Second, enterprises today do not have the
option of trading off performance, interoperability, high
availability, or simplicity when they deploy security solutions.
There is simply no room for compromises, given the critical nature
of IT systems to business today.
"The accepted definition of data security is
alarmingly weak," said Jay Kidd, senior vice president and general
manager of the emerging products group at Network Appliance. "Just
read the newspaper. Virtually every day, there's another story on a
virus, spyware, internal data theft, identity theft, or a hacking
incident. In our work developing security solutions, Network
Appliance has realized that enterprises and consumers are settling
for unacceptable security, either because their vendor is not
providing a full solution or because they fear compromising their
business performance. But they don't have to settle. The age of
uncompromised security is here."
NetApp has numerous product lines shipping
today that enable it to deliver uncompromised security, including
Decru® DataFort™ storage security appliances,
NetApp® disk systems running Data ONTAP® security
features, and NetCache® internet access and security
appliances, as well as strong partnerships with leading vendors
such as Symantec that enhance the security portfolio. The NetApp
Uncompromised Security Initiative provides a vision and a roadmap
for customers who expect best-in-class data management, coupled
with military-grade security.
In addition to building security into all
areas of its product portfolio, NetApp is rolling out a variety of
educational tools to help customers better understand their data
security risks and the ways they can tune their IT infrastructure
to mitigate those risks without having to "rip and replace" or make
unrealistic investments. NetApp is also hosting a variety of
seminars, tutorials, and other forums on the topic of security.
About Network Appliance Security
Network Appliance is committed to providing its customers
uncompromised security. As a world leader in enterprise data
management solutions for more than a decade, Network Appliance
provides unparalleled capabilities for building secure data
About Network Appliance
Network Appliance is a world leader in unified storage solutions
for today's data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992,
Network Appliance has delivered technology, product, and partner
firsts. Information about Network Appliance™ solutions and
services is available at www.netapp.com.
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