OVERLAND PARK, KS--(Marketwire - December 22, 2009) - Secure Passage today announced that in one month, hundreds of organizations in search of a better way to manage thousands of firewalls have downloaded Secure Passage's Firewall Auditor, a free application enabling firewall administrators to quickly and easily audit firewall configurations to ensure that they are enforcing security and compliance regulations. Of the hundreds of organizations that have downloaded the application, more than 175 are now actively using it to conduct Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) audits. This early and significant adoption rate demonstrates an elevated demand for FireMon-based technologies that improve firewall management capabilities.

Any organization desiring to reduce the amount of time and resources required to perform security and compliance audits can download a free version of Firewall Auditor at www.fwauditor.com. Once the application has been activated, users can quickly and easily audit their firewalls for adherence to the PCI DSS and then generate comprehensive and accurate reports that can be used to prove to auditors that firewalls are in compliance and to identify non-compliant configurations that should be changed. The first solution of its kind available to the IT security market, Firewall Auditor is based on the firewall management and compliance industry's leading solution, FireMon, but does not require FireMon to be installed or to operate.

"This is the fastest adoption rate we've ever experienced for a downloadable application that improves firewall management capabilities. Customers using Firewall Auditor include some of the world's largest diversified manufacturers and marketers of advanced electronic and electrical products, airline carriers, retailers, banks, and technology solutions providers," said Jody Brazil, Secure Passage president and CTO. "We're excited about the fact that in less than a month, 175 customers have adopted the technology, and we're looking forward to enabling even more users to ease their firewall management burdens with the use of this free, proven application."

With Secure Passage Firewall Auditor, firewall administrators are quickly and easily:

--  Retrieving and importing firewall configurations from Check Point,
    Cisco and Juniper firewalls
--  Inspecting configurations for non-compliance with major industry and
    government regulations
--  Producing accurate reports that display where and why rules and
    policies are non-compliant
--  Taking steps to remediate non-compliant configurations

With Secure Passage Firewall Auditor's PCI DSS report template, IT administrators are quickly and easily:

--  Evaluating 15 PCI DSS requirements from sections 1, 2 and 6,
    including: 1.1.5, which requires an assessment of the network services that
    the firewall policy permits to and from the PCI network segment; 1.2.1,
    which requires an assessment of the interaction between all wireless
    networks and the PCI network segment; and 2.3.0, which requires an
    assessment of administrative access into PCI systems, ensuring that
    appropriate encrypted access is enforced
--  Specifying key input criteria to customize the audit to their
    organization's unique environment


Secure Passage Firewall Auditor 1.0 is available at www.fwauditor.com/.

About Secure Passage

Secure Passage is the leading provider of firewall policy, risk, and compliance management solutions that simplify and automate the analysis of configuration and change management processes to enhance security, optimize performance, and speed compliance reporting. The company's flagship product, FireMon, analyzes changes and performs audits in real time; simplifies policy management; and enforces configuration governance across firewalls, switches, routers, and other network devices. FireMon is the only solution on the market that can be customized to meet the unique audit and compliance reporting requirements for networks of all sizes while enabling IT organizations to do more with less effort. Enterprise-strength deployments of FireMon around the world support more than 25,000 security devices from vendors such as Cisco, Juniper, Check Point, and McAfee. For more information, visit www.securepassage.com.

FireMon and the FireMon logo are registered trademarks of Secure Passage, LLC. All other products or company names mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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