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Authenex Offers Seamless Two-Factor Authentication for Check Point Next Generation Solutions; Easy to Use and Affordable USB A-Key Adds a Second Layer of Security.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Authenex, a leading developer of strong authentication and encryption applications, announced today that it has achieved OPSEC(TM) (Open Platform for Security) certification for the Authenex Strong Authentication System (ASAS(TM)) from Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. , the worldwide leader in securing the Internet. By integrating the ASAS two-factor authentication system for remote VPN and Web access with Check Point's market-leading VPN-1(R)/FireWall-1(R) Next Generation(TM) software, Authenex provides an added a layer of security for enterprises that require strong remote user authentication to their networks.

At the same time, Authenex announced a new promotional pricing plan to further solidify its commitment to providing two-factor authentication systems that are secure, easy to use and affordable. The pricing is especially attractive to Check Point customers who wish to integrate two-factor authentication with their VPN-1/FireWall-1 security solutions.

"Authenex is committed to providing the highest level of security at the best price," said Henry Hon, executive vice president of Authenex. "Adding our two-factor authentication to the Check Point VPN-1/FireWall-1 solutions gives users and IT managers the assurance that they are operating in a secure network environment."

ASAS provides the "last mile" of user authentication, extending authentication directly to a specific user via a USB token called an A-Key(TM). The chip-based A-Key conducts challenge-response sequences directly with the ASAS authentication server using Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) technology. Using the OPSEC framework, ASAS seamlessly integrates with Check Point VPN-1 SecureClient(TM) and VPN-1 SecuRemote client security -- making the user experience effortless.

"Many small to mid-size enterprises have been unable to afford this level of two-factor security," said Jeff Bennett, CEO of enterprise security solutions provider SiegeWorks. "With the integration of Authenex ASAS and Check Point's market leading VPN-1/FireWall-1, companies now have an easy, affordable way to provide strong network security -- including two-factor security that is priced well below the market standard for this type of solution."

"Check Point's OPSEC framework has set the industry standard for Internet-security integration and customers understand the tremendous value this framework delivers when deploying a comprehensive security architecture, said Upesh Patel, OPSEC Alliance manager, Check Point Software Technologies. "The seamless integration of ASAS allows our customers to deploy strong two-factor authentication as a secure and cost-effective method of authenticating to corporate networks via Check Point's Next Generation infrastructure."

Authenex is offering a promotional pricing package to new and existing Check Point customers. The package includes a complete two-factor authentication system, including Authenex A-Key USB tokens AND the A-Guard Server(TM). Through the end of the year, the solution is available at $30 per user -- starting at 25 users. Pricing for ASAS is more than 50% less than competing products.

About Check Point's OPSEC

OPSEC (Open Platform for Security) is the industry's open, multi-vendor security framework. With over 325 partners, OPSEC guarantees customers the broadest choice of best-of-breed integrated applications and deployment platforms that support Check Point's Secure Virtual Network Architecture. Products that carry the OPSEC Certified seal have been tested to guarantee integration and interoperability. For complete OPSEC Alliance program information, including partner and product listings, the freely available OPSEC SDK (software development kit) and evaluation versions of OPSEC Certified products, visit http://www.opsec.com/ .

About Authenex

Authenex offers the most secure, flexible and affordable two-factor authentication and encryption applications available in today's market. The Authenex Strong Authentication System(TM) (ASAS) employs two-factors -- a password and A-Key USB token -- to ensure a user's identity before giving them access to sensitive data, network resources or Internet transactions. Authenex AOne(TM) -- an all-in-one network security solution -- offers an unprecedented benchmark in network security -- continuous and transparent two-factor authentication of inbound or outbound HTTP or HTTPS page or file requests. Authenex also offers Exchange Dynamic Symmetric Key Infrastructure (EDSKI (TM)), a new encryption model that combines encryption with secure file transfer using a hardware authentication token to enable an extraordinarily strong encryption solution. Together, ASAS and EDSKI provide organizations with a powerful technology platform dedicated to ensuring a trusted environment for sensitive information exchange. For more information, call 510-568-6558 or 1-877-AUTHENEX (toll free), or go to http://www.authenex.com/.

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