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Secure Computing Corporation (Nasdaq: SCUR), San Jose, Calif., a leading enterprise gateway security company, has announced that Honolulu's prestigious Punahou School has entered a three-year agreement to license Secure Computing's Secure Web (formerly known as Web washer). Punahou School selected the Web filtering and security solution over the competition because of its environmentally friendly features, best-in-class malware and URL filtering, and built-in reporting capabilities.

"During the past year, we've been evaluating Secure Computing's Secure Web, along with appliances from other industry leading vendors," reported David Parrish, chief architect of Punahou School's IT network. "Secure Web gave us all of the features we needed without adding to our carbon footprint. That's very important to us here in Hawaii where energy costs are particularly high."

Unlike competing products, Secure Web can utilize virtualization technology, which allows one appliance to run multiple solutions. For example, instead of deploying separate hardware for intrusion detection and Web filtering, Punahou can choose to run both solutions on one appliance. As a result, Punahou will reduce energy consumption, benefiting the school's bottom line while helping protect the environment. In addition, deploying Secure Web on a virtual appliance won't require additional space, which can be very costly in Honolulu.

Punahou School also pointed to Secure Web's superior malware and URL filtering capabilities as key reasons for selecting the Secure Computing solution. "In a school setting, it's obviously very important to have technology in place that blocks inappropriate and malicious content. In our testing, Secure Web consistently blocked threats effectively," said Parrish.

Secure Web achieves such outstanding results by leveraging its industry-leading TrustedSourceT technology. "TrustedSource assigns reputation scores to Internet hosts and devices based on their behavior-much like a credit bureau assigns credit ratings to consumers," explained Ken Rutsky, vice president of Product Marketing at Secure Computing. "As a result, Secure Web can stop spyware, viruses, phishing and other malware even if the site is in an allowed category and there is not available signature for the bad code."

In addition, deploying Secure Web gives Punahou School a single point of contact for support. "In the past, we used separate products for reporting and filtering," noted Parrish. "With Secure Web, we'll have one number to call for all of our support needs."

Punahou School purchased Secure Web through CORESystems Hawaii, a Secure Computing Gold Partner. CEO Bill Clisham revealed that he decided to join Secure Computing's extensive partner network in Hawaii specifically so that he could offer Secure Web to the school. "Punahou School has a well-deserved reputation for excellence in both academics and athletics," said Clisham. "Because Secure Computing also has a reputation for being the best, it seemed like a natural fit."

Parrish agreed. "We were really impressed with the Secure Web product, and we're convinced that it's the solution that best meets our school's needs."

In addition to deploying Secure Web, Punahou School will host an upcoming Secure Computing training session. Representatives from several corporations, government agencies, and other educational institutions are scheduled to attend.

About Punahou School

Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, Punahou School is a coeducational college preparatory day school with more than 3,750 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. In 2006 National Geographic magazine named Punahou one of the 10 greenest schools in the nation, and in 2008 Sports Illustrated named Punahou's athletic program as the best in the country. Its roster of distinguished alumni includes golfer Parker McLachlin, actress Carri Ann Inaba, 2008 Olympic swimmer Christel Simms, former territorial governor Lawrence Judd, and current US Senator and candidate for President Barack Obama.

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About Secure Computing Corporation

Secure Computing Corporation (Nasdaq: SCUR), a leading provider of enterprise gateway security, delivers a comprehensive set of solutions that help customers protect their critical Web, email and network assets. Over half the Fortune 50 and Fortune 500 are part of our more than 22,000 global customers, supported by a worldwide network of more than 2,000 partners. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and has offices worldwide.

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