First Wireless Access Points Awarded FIPS 140 Level 2 Validation

Hardened WLAN Security Solutions from 3e Technologies International

Rockville, MD, (November 5, 2003) - 3e Technologies International (3eTI), a leader in highly secure wireless networking, announced that its 3e -521NP, 3e -530NP and 3e -522FIPS are the first wireless Access Points to be FIPS 140 -2 Validated™. The FIPS 140 -2 Validation process ensures compliance with both U.S. and Canadian Government security standards established by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Canadian Communications Security Establishment. Based on extensive laboratory testing, FIPS Validation assures a high level of security and a cryptographically sound module that is required by Government agencies, most notably the Department of Defense, and increasingly sought by security conscious Enterprise customers.


The FIPS 140 -2 Validation supplements recent deployments of the 3e Security Suite and 3eTI's products within the Federal Government and Department of Defense for tactical and non -tactical deployments. " 3eTI's security solution is exactly what our Federal customers have been asking for," said Chuck Roth, VP of Sales for NextiraOne Federal, 3eTI's Federal Channel Partner, "The Federal Government mandated that only FIPS validated products are acceptable, and 3eTI has delivered the high performance, hardened security solution that they demand."

The FIPS 140 -2 Validated Access Points are integral components of the 3e WLAN Security Suite which also offers client PC cards with Crypto Client software and Security Server Software for dynamic user keys. This non -VPN solution of end -to -end, FIPS 140 -2 Validated hardware and software provides an easy to install and manage high security wireless solution.

The FIPS 140 -2 Validated 3e WLAN Security Suite is a lower total cost solution compared to traditional Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) while offering the additional benefits of:
- Network survivability with distributed encryption handled by smart APs vs. a vulnerable centralized VPN server
- Ease of configuration, maintaining existing network topology
- Seamless connectivity with single login
- Stronger encryption, done at the driver level, which prevents known privacy and Trojan software attacks
- Hardened and proven security (Advanced Encryption Standard - AES, 3DES) plus Dynamic Key Generation, per
session
- Low cost Security Server Software with built in 802.1x, EAP -TLS authentication

"3eTI is the only provider of FIPS 140 -2 access points which meet stringent military specs, have a ruggedized encasement, and offer extended range with high throughput - capabilities which close the lid on wireless networking vulnerabilities," stated Dr. Jim Pilgrim, 3eTI's Senior Director of Wireless Business, "FIPS 140 -2 Validation of our products hardens WLAN security choices available to Government Organizations, all branches of the Military, and security minded businesses."
The 3e WLAN Security Suite implements leading cryptographic technologies including: AES, 3DES, SHA -1, HMAC SHA -1, 802.1x/EAP -TLS, Diffie -Hellman, RSA, and HTTPS/TLS. The Security Suite is implemented in an innovative manner so that critical performance is not sacrificed in providing a rugged FIPS 140 Level 2 highly secure wireless solution. Additionally, the 3e WLAN Security Suite features an RF Manager that allows the adjustment of WLAN RF output power level from 0 up to 200 milliwatts, providing broad coverage in excess of 2,000 feet and finer RF power control.

The 3e WLAN Security Suite with its 200mW Crypto Client PC Card and associated Crypto driver supports a wide range of client devices. The solution supports multiple OS platforms thus enabling customers to extend the usable lifetime of PCs, laptops and handhelds without sacrificing security or requiring the purchase of new computers.

About 3e Technologies International

3e Technologies International, also known as AEPTEC Microsystems, is a leading provider of highly secure wireless networking, condition -based and location telematics solutions. 3eTI is 100% self -funded, profitable and has frequently doubled its revenue and headcount during the last 6 years. 3eTI is the 5th fastest growing company in the greater Washington DC area (as ranked by the Washington Business Journal). In addition to its Rockville, MD headquarters, 3eTI has presence in: Blairsville, PA; and Dahlgren, VA. For more detailed information, please visit www.3eti.com.

About NextiraOne Federal

NextiraOne Federal (www.nextiraonefederal.com/partnerships) is a 3eTI Premier Partner and world -class Systems Integrator to the Federal Government. NextiraOne Federal is an established partner in the federal marketplace, offering converged enterprise network solutions with the added benefit of more than 40 years experience in mission -critical communications networking. The company provides best in class, vendor -independent solutions and a full range of services, from consultation, planning and design, through implementation, support, and management of converged networks.

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