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Blue Ridge Networks Partners with Wyse Technology to Offer Highly Secure Thin-Client Product.

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CHANTILLY, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 22, 2004

High-security technology reduces impact of malicious enterprise code infections, improving productivity

Blue Ridge Networks, a leader in secure communications, announced today that it is partnering with Wyse Technology, the domain experts and market leader in server-centric computing, to offer a Blue Ridge secure thin-client solution that reduces the impact of enterprise virus, worm, and Trojan attacks as well as accelerate recovery time.

By integrating Blue Ridge's accredited, high-security BorderGuard(TM) technology with the inherent security and administrative advantages of award-winning Wyse(R) Winterm(TM) thin clients, Blue Ridge delivers highly effective malicious software protection that can reduce overall IT costs while improving security and end-user productivity. When a user is on a non-enterprise network with potential security risks, Blue Ridge blocks malicious virus attacks such as the W32.Blaster.Worm, and ensures that such viruses cannot invade the user's computer. For an enterprise network that has been invaded by an email worm such as the recent W32/Netsky.B@mm worm, the Blue Ridge system allows an IT administrator to reboot an infected client, which effectively purges the malicious infection.

"Recovering from enterprise-wide virus infections can be extremely difficult because PCs on the network are not under the direct control of the IT Staff, and are constantly re-infecting the enterprise network," said Tom Gilbert, Chief Technology Officer of Blue Ridge Networks. "The Blue Ridge solution, utilizing Wyse's proven thin-client platform, addresses this problem and offers the high-security features necessary to significantly mitigate that impact of enterprise virus infections. The less an enterprise has to deal with viruses, the more productive their workers can be."

Several components of the Blue Ridge secure thin client help to protect the desktop from intrusive viruses, including a fixed operating system that can prohibit unapproved devices and a write filter that prevents changes to the Flash memory system. In addition, the client allows only secure, authenticated access back to the corporate network and after a user session the user's thin client resets so that any malicious code downloaded during the session is purged from the operating system. For added security, Blue Ridge's Firewall-X prevents the thin client from communicating to any other systems except those at corporate headquarters, ensuring the device is always under the protection of the corporate security policy.

"Blue Ridge's high-security software is a complement to our thin-client platform," said Mike DeNeffe, Senior Director of the Wyse Winterm business line. "Companies can enjoy the cost benefits, security and flexibility of thin-client computing with an added level of protection from the threats of malicious software and viruses on the enterprise network."

About Blue Ridge Networks

Blue Ridge Networks, based in Chantilly, Virginia, creates secure communication solutions optimized for mobile networking environments. Our BorderGuard(TM) system delivers private and persistent connectivity whether deploying a war time communications bunker or remotely connecting to a corporate LAN. Featuring FIPS 140, Common Criteria, HIPAA compliance, and the Department of Defense SPOCK validation, this system transforms all the world's data networks from dial, to dedicated, to 802.11 WLANs, to traditional LANs, into one seamless and secure data network delivering infinite connectivity that is inherently secure.

About Wyse Technology

Wyse Technology maximizes the benefits of server-centric computing and centralized IT. The company delivers access to Windows and web applications and has end-to-end expertise from the server, through the network, to the desktop. Wyse makes server-centric computing more manageable and cost-effective through: software that delivers better ROI from existing servers and PCs; desktop and mobile thin clients that provide easy and affordable access to information; software tools that manage a broad spectrum of information access devices, and professional services to make it all work better together. Wyse customers gain a greater return from their existing technology investments, mitigate business risks, and improve their bottom line. The company has been #1 in thin-client market share for the last seven years, and has been named Microsoft "Embedded Partner of the Year" for three years running. The company has headquarters in San Jose, California, with offices worldwide.

For more information, visit the Wyse Website at or call 1-800-GET-WYSE Wyse, WY, and WyseWorks are registered trademarks, and the Wyse logo, Winterm logo, Winterm, Wyse Expedian, and Alcatraz are trademarks of Wyse Technology Inc. Rapport is a registered trademark of Rapport Technologies Inc., a division of Wyse Technology. Other product names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
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