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TRUSECURE SUCCESSFULLY PROTECTS E-MAIL AGAINST VIRUSES.

TruSecure(R) Corporation, Herndon, Va., a managed security services provider that helps safeguard customers via a comprehensive information security health program, has announced that the company's proactive and comprehensive approach to security was again successful in defending its customers against a serious malicious code exploit. The most recent exploit, dubbed "Goner," wreaked havoc with the email systems of thousands of companies worldwide causing millions of dollars in estimated damage due to lost productivity.

A survey by ICSA(R) Labs, an independent division of TruSecure Corporation, of 147 randomly selected North American companies with more than 500 PC workstations found that all were exposed to Goner. Of those surveyed, 48% experienced significant effects from Goner, with most exposures resulting in 10-18 infected machines. At its peak, one out of every 30 emails was infected with the virus.

Meanwhile, of TruSecure's more than 600 customers (certified and non-certified), comprising over five million workstations, only 1.5% were affected by Goner. This represents a more than thirty-fold reduction of risk for TruSecure customers. In fact, TruSecure customers have seen a 20-50% reduction in risk for each of the last ten major malicious code exploits including Melissa, LoveLetter, Anna Kournikova, Code Red, BadTrans and Nimda.

"Time and again TruSecure's proactive approach to security significantly reduces client risk from malicious code threats," said Dr. Peter Tippett, chief technologist of TruSecure Corporation and an internationally renowned security expert. "Many companies simply don't realize that approach to security is as important as technology. Most organizations already have the products and people in place to prevent infection from malware such as Goner, they simply don't have the capabilities or direction to best utilize these resources."

TruSecure takes a proactive approach to information security health by focusing on essential practices and essential configurations rather than solely reacting to vulnerabilities and already-propagating attacks. The TruSecure method ensured that its clients were virtually immune to the costs of Goner infection, which the company estimates to be about $11,000 per 1,000 PC users in affected companies.

TruSecure augments the effectiveness of its proven, proactive approach to information security, with cutting-edge tools developed by its deep roster of security experts. The latest tool for protecting users from malicious code developed by a TruSecure expert is called "NoHTML." Created by Russ Cooper, surgeon general of TruSecure, NoHTML is an add-on tool to Microsoft Outlook. The application, once downloaded and enabled, automatically changes HTML emails to plain text without any action taken by the user. As a result, malicious code that relies on HTML emails to propagate, is blocked from the user's system. NoHTML was developed after the Nimda and Badtrans worms to prevent similar types of attacks.

NoHTML is designed for the 2000 and 2002 versions of Outlook. It does not, however, support Outlook Express. NoHTML is available for download now, free of charge at http://www.ntbugtraq.com/nohtml.asp.

Another TruSecure tool, "Worm Catcher," was the first in the country to identify the Nimda worm when it broke earlier this year. Worm Catcher is a fully-automated attack detection and tracking tool that was distributed in 14 countries at the time of Nimda. Within minutes, Worm Catcher notified TruSecure of the new attack and 30 minutes after detection the tool showed that Nimda was attacking Internet addresses between 1,000 and 60,000 times per hour. Worm Catcher was immediately offered to TruSecure customers for internal or external diagnostic use.

About TruSecure Corporation

TruSecure provides global 10,000 companies with comprehensive enterprise risk-management programs that assure the ongoing security of their critical systems and information. By integrating disparate security products and processes into a comprehensive risk management program, TruSecure helps hundreds of companies achieve greater risk reduction at lower cost. TruSecure's ICSA Labs is the security industry's central authority for product standards and testing, and today certifies more than 95% of the market's anti-virus software, network firewalls, cryptography and IPSec products. TruSecure's monthly magazine, Information Security(R), is the industry's leading trade publication. Based in Herndon, VA, TruSecure Corporation is privately-held with investors including J. & W. Seligman & Co., J.P. Morgan Partners, Weston Presidio Capital, Greylock and WaldenVC.

For more information, visit http://www.trusecure.com or call (703)480-8509.
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