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Akonix Launches L7 Enterprise v3.0 to Eliminate the Spread of IM Spam and Malware.

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SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 4, 2004

Stamps Out Spim, Worms and Viruses with Industry's First

Automatically Updated Spim and Malware Filter

Akonix Systems, Inc., the premier provider of business solutions for secure, managed and integrated multi-network enterprise instant messaging (IM), has launched L7 Enterprise v3.0, featuring the only automatically updated enterprise Spim and Malware Filter to protect networks from the latest IM-borne attacks. Responding to growing concerns among IT professionals about the potential security and productivity problems from IM-based threats, L7 v3.0 protects networks and users from viruses, worms and other malware that are carried and spread through IM. L7 v3.0 also delivers new enterprise-level features for critical security and performance benefits that are necessary for corporate-wide deployments of public and enterprise IM.

Leveraging the industry's only dynamic update feature, the Akonix L7 Spim and Malware Filter automatically -- and without any IT intervention -- downloads and installs policies to quash threats such as the Osama Found adware worm. Enabling this protection is an Akonix team of IM security experts who constantly monitor public and enterprise IM systems for emerging threats. As viruses and worms are discovered, the team will distribute policies to counter the threat, immediately stopping the malware from reaching customer networks and their end-users.

"Protecting corporations from attacks through IM is a critical security requirement for organizations that have recognized the benefits of IM and are encouraging its use on their networks," said Genelle Hung, market analyst at The Radicati Group. "Akonix L7 Enterprise v3.0 is an innovative solution which solves one of the biggest access and security tradeoffs facing CIOs and IT administrators that want to allow access to IM, but don't want to expose their networks or their users to new forms of attacks."

In addition to the Spim & Malware Filter, L7 v3.0 brings several new features to further enable corporate-wide adoption and integration of public and enterprise IM. These capabilities include:

-- Enhanced Enterprise-Class Availability, Scalability and

Reliability -- Improving its ability to support corporate-wide

mission-critical IM services, L7 provides the availability,

scalability and reliability necessary for today's enterprise.

In v3.0, Akonix adds automatic system recovery that uses

built-in intelligence to automatically restart the service or

system without user intervention.

-- Comprehensive Logging, Archiving and Compliance Management for

Enterprise IM Systems -- Leading the industry in its support

of enterprise IM systems, L7 v3.0 adds support of Microsoft

Office Live Communications Server 2003 (LCS) to deliver full

logging, archiving and compliance for all LCS traffic.

-- Extended Support for Leading IM Services -- Working with

partners AOL, MSN and Yahoo! as the only IM gateway authorized

to support all three services, Akonix L7 v3.0 provides the

very latest in protocol support, including AOL 5.5, ICQ v2003b

and v4.0 Lite, and MSN v6.0, v6.1 and v6.2. Akonix L7 is the

only gateway that provides dynamically updated protocols,

which keeps the gateway current with the latest IM application

changes. This industry leading support for the leading IM

networks includes enabling features for deployment of

Microsoft's MSN Connect for Enterprises for company-owned

domains.

-- Broadest Range of Authentication Services -- Augmenting

Akonix's patent-pending auto discovery of users and screen

name mapping, L7 v3.0 delivers self-registration, which allows

users to register screen names when other authentication

methods are unavailable. This capability ensures that L7 v3.0

is easy to deploy, allowing corporations to manage IM use

based on corporate directory identities, without any

additional effort from IT staff.

-- Support for Windows 2003 -- Continuing to provide customers

with the broadest server deployment options, L7 v3.0 adds

support for Windows 2003.

-- Key Performance Improvements to Core Messaging Architecture --

Akonix has also made significant improvements to the

underlying architecture of the core L7 messaging engine,

affording a more flexible platform that easily accommodates

new features and allows for accelerated delivery of key

capabilities. These changes also provide unprecedented levels

of extensibility that leverage Akonix's new application

products announced earlier this year. This exposes useful IM

services, such as presence integration, to members of the

Akonix Application Developer Program.

"Eradicating any threat of spim, adware or malware spread through IM is fundamental to enabling the corporate-wide adoption of a unified strategy for securing and managing access to public and enterprise IM," said Francis Costello, chief marketing officer at Akonix Systems, Inc. "L7 v3.0 provides the most robust enterprise-level features to make IM secure and productive for any organization."

Akonix L7 was the first real-time management gateway for public and enterprise IM systems, allowing corporations to realize the benefits of managed access to IM without compromising network or endpoint security. More than 250 companies worldwide have deployed Akonix's gateway, serving over 300,000 users and L7 Enterprise is the only authorized gateway for AOL, MSN and Yahoo! IM networks.

To learn more about Akonix L7 Enterprise 3.0, please visit www.akonix.com.

About Akonix

Akonix is the leading provider of enterprise-class business solutions for leveraging the power of multi-network enterprise instant messaging. Akonix's award-winning products leverage patent-pending core technology, and advanced IM application development platform, and certified strategic partnerships to deliver multi-network management, security, integration and compliance capabilities across all major IM systems, including America Online's AIM and ICQ, Microsoft's MSN, Yahoo!, Microsoft's Live Communications Server (LCS), Reuters Messaging, IBM/Lotus SameTime and Jabber.

More than 250 customers in Financial Services, Telecommunications, Energy, Technology, Healthcare and Entertainment depend on Akonix to manage, secure and enable IM for over 300,000 enterprise users. Akonix is the preferred IM management solution of some of the world's largest companies, including Cingular Wireless, Qualcomm, EMC and ING.

Akonix is widely recognized as the technology and market innovator with awards for its L7 Enterprise IM gateway from Network World, eWeek, SC Magazine, PC Magazine and UCSD Connect. Akonix is backed by leading venture capital firms Menlo Ventures, Mission Ventures, Palomar Ventures and Windward Ventures, who collectively manage over $3 billion in capital.

To enable secure and productive use of multi-network instant messaging in your organization, visit www.akonix.com for a free trial or to request more information.
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