TippingPoint Releases Open Source Code for First Intrusion Preven tion Test Tool, Tomahawk

From: Compton, Rich (RCompton_at_chartercom.com)
Date: 11/01/04

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    Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2004 11:00:58 -0600 

    FYI guys...

    TippingPoint Releases Open Source Code for First Intrusion Prevention
    Test Tool, Tomahawk

    AUSTIN, Texas - November 1, 2004 - TippingPoint Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:
    TPTI), the leader in intrusion prevention, today announced the availability
    and open source release of Tomahawk,TM the first test tool designed
    specifically to evaluate the unique capabilities of network-based intrusion
    prevention systems (IPS).


    "TippingPoint is contributing Tomahawk to the public to make IPS testing
    easier and more affordable for end users," said TippingPoint's Chief
    Technology Officer Marc Willebeek-LeMair. "By enabling users to evaluate
    security, performance, and usability in real world environments, we believe
    it will accelerate the adoption of intrusion prevention and confirm its
    necessity in today's threat environment. We believe the benefit of open
    sourcing the tool to facilitate IPS testing outweighs the potential benefits
    of commercializing the tool."


    An IPS is as much a networking device as it is a security device. Customers
    should be confident that the IPS they buy will not adversely impact their
    network and will perform security functions accurately. Although intrusion
    prevention systems are gaining mainstream acceptance and recognized as a
    best practice technology, tools for evaluating these systems are still
    primitive. Designed for testing other security products, current tools are
    expensive, limited in functionality, and unable to simulate the heavy load
    of real networks under attack.


    TippingPoint developed Tomahawk to test the first network-based IPS in 2002,
    and has been perfecting the tool ever since. Tomahawk evaluates network
    performance (throughput and latency) with security accuracy while simulating
    real world environments. With Tomahawk, end users can test very high
    throughput with realistic traffic mixes, and ensure that malicious traffic
    is blocked while legitimate traffic reaches its destination.


    Through the open source community, Tomahawk can receive extended testing and
    development, end users can set up their own IPS test beds free of charge,
    and IPS will reach a broader audience for testing. TippingPoint's goal in
    open sourcing Tomahawk is to cultivate education on IPS capabilities and
    improve IPS testing through test tool transparency.


    Tomahawk is freely available, and can be downloaded at the following site:
    http://tomahawk.sourceforge.net. To access more information including a free
    white paper on IPS testing, click here:


    TippingPoint's UnityOne provides Application Protection, Performance
    Protection and Infrastructure Protection at gigabit speeds through total
    packet inspection. Application Protection capabilities provide fast,
    accurate, reliable protection from internal and external cyber attacks.
    Through its Infrastructure Protection capabilities, UnityOne protects VoIP
    infrastructure, routers, switches, DNS and other critical infrastructure
    from targeted attacks and traffic anomalies. UnityOne Performance Protection
    capabilities enable customers to throttle non-mission critical applications
    that hijack valuable bandwidth and IT resources, thereby aligning network
    resources and business-critical application performance.

    About TippingPoint

    TippingPoint is the leading provider of network-based intrusion prevention
    systems that deliver in-depth Application Protection, Infrastructure
    Protection, and Performance Protection for corporate enterprises, government
    agencies, service providers and academic institutions. Our innovative
    approach offers customers unmatched network-based security with unrivaled
    economics, ultra-high performance, scalability and reliability. TippingPoint
    is based in Austin, Texas, and can be contacted through its Web site at
    www.tippingpoint.com or by telephone at 1-88UNITYONE.


    TippingPoint Technologies, the TippingPoint logo, UnityOne, the UnityOne
    logo and Digital Vaccine are registered trademarks of TippingPoint.


    Forward-looking Statements


    This press release contains various forward-looking statements and
    information that are based on TippingPoint's belief, as well as assumptions
    made by and information currently available to TippingPoint. When used in
    this press release, words such as "anticipate," "think," "project,"
    "expect," "plan," "goal," "forecast," "intend," "could," "believe," "may,"
    and similar expressions and statements regarding TippingPoint's plans and
    objectives for future operations, are intended to identify forward-looking
    statements. Although TippingPoint believes that such expectations reflected
    in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, TippingPoint cannot give
    assurances that such expectations will prove to be correct. These
    forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and
    assumptions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize,
    or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary
    materially from those anticipated, estimated or projected. The key factors
    that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the
    forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following:
    TippingPoint's limited operating history in the network security industry;
    the level of demand for TippingPoint's products; reliance on distribution
    channels through which TippingPoint products are sold; the volume and timing
    of orders for TippingPoint's products; product and price competition; the
    availability of component parts of TippingPoint's products; reliance on
    third party manufacturers to produce TippingPoint products; long sales and
    implementation cycles for TippingPoint products; TippingPoint's ability to
    retain and attract key personnel; TippingPoint's ability to develop or
    introduce new products or product enhancements; reliance on certain licensed
    third party technology to produce TippingPoint products; TippingPoint's
    ability to protect its intellectual property and to avoid costly litigation
    relating to its intellectual property; TippingPoint's ability to predict its
    manufacturing requirements accurately; risks relating to TippingPoint's
    expansion internationally; downturns in the network security and related
    markets; undetected product errors or defects; public perception of
    TippingPoint's products in the event of a security breach of one of its
    customer's networks; and litigation relating to the failure of one of
    TippingPoint's products. These and other risks and assumptions are
    described in TippingPoint's reports that are available from the United
    States Securities and Exchange Commission. TippingPoint has no obligation
    to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a
    result of new information, future events or otherwise.



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