Lewis Group Selects Whale's SSL VPN to Deliver Secure Remote Access

Leading Real Estate Development Group Generates Revenue by Implementing Whale's SSL VPN

Fort Lee, New Jersey, UNITED STATES

FORT LEE, N.J., Aug. 3, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Whale Communications today announced that Lewis Group of Companies selected Whale's SSL VPN to deliver access to heterogeneous user groups from a single secure appliance, providing the real estate developer a quick return on their investment.

The California-based Lewis Group is one of the nation's largest privately held real estate development groups with more than $1billion in total assets. With a focus on developing mixed-use planned communities and residential subdivisions in California and Nevada, as well as building multifamily communities, shopping centers, office parks, and industrial space, Lewis was looking for a two-pronged solution to service its executives and residents.

"We were looking for a solution to enable our executives to execute on multi-million dollar deals from anywhere. Instead of being tethered to the office they can now close deals from anyplace generating increased revenues," said Dan Harman, who heads the remote access implementation at Lewis, adding that due to the nature of the SSL VPN usage security was paramount. "Whale integrated seamlessly into our existing security infrastructure in addition to providing us with the ability to granularly control access to the application."

Harman added that the SSL VPN's flexibility and customizability enabled Lewis to leverage the appliance for different user groups.

"We are also delivering service to our tenants. We found that Whale's SSL VPN can be leveraged to provide access to multiple portals from one SSL VPN - each portal with their own unique security policy. When you are working with such divergent user groups the security and level of granular control that Whale's technology provides is critical," Harman said, adding that the SSL VPN's flexibility also allowed it to create portal sites each with their own customized GUI.

Selected by Network Computing Magazine as the best SSL VPN solution earlier this year, Whale's technology is unique in the level of flexibility it offers. It provides deep levels of security policy granularity, enhanced user experience and easily integrates and leverages existing network infrastructures. This translates into more remote access hours spent by companies' employees leading to a significant increase in productivity. By providing Application Aware(tm) security Whale's e-Gap Remote Access Appliance is the ultimate secure access layer. It has built-in support for key applications and the ability to learn additional applications with ease.

"We are proud that leading enterprises like Lewis are selecting our solution as their secure integrated access layer," said Daniel Steiner, President of Whale. "In a nascent field such as the SSL VPN space we rely on our customers to help guide us in the continued development of the products. It is companies like Lewis that have helped us build our reputation as not only the most secure SSL VPN but the most flexible as well. We will continue to strive to meet not only our customers' technology needs of today but also tomorrow."

About Whale Communications

Whale Communications, the leading enterprise-class SSL VPN vendor, is enabling companies to provide employees and partners secure access to corporate data and applications from any web browser. Its award-winning solutions have been securing enterprises worldwide since it was founded in 1998. Privately held, Whale is funded by prominent venture firms and industry leaders, including Goldman Sachs, Soros Private Equity Partners and the BRM Group, the founding investor of Check Point Software Technologies. The company is headquartered in Fort Lee, New Jersey and has international offices in Israel, the United Kingdom and Germany.

Whale Communications, e-Gap, Application Aware, Attachment Wiper, and the Whale logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Whale Communications Ltd. All other trademarks are property of their respective holders. For more information about Whale visit: (www.whalecommunications.com) or call toll-free 877-65-Whale.



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