Hifn Advances Unified Defensible Networks

New Secure Services Platform Provides Security Solution for Next-Generation Networking Devices

/ / -- Network- and storage-security market leader Hifn(TM) (NASDAQ:HIFN), announced today the Secure Services Platform (SSP) 1000 Series, designed to solve the next-generation network equipment security requirements.

The current networking trends of integrating security into access router and LAN switching infrastructure equipment and adding more security into UTM appliance products are absolutely frightening to those who have to develop the next-generation network equipment products. Real time, triple-play, and file transfer applications generate latency sensitive traffic that varies in packet rate and size. In addition, network devices are under more attacks and most of those attacks are stateful and require more "packet work." Ultimately, attack prevention can impact network performance and jeopardize QoS designs. To be competitive, companies must deliver defensible products that unify multiple security services without sacrificing performance.

"Until now, developing unified defensible products that deliver next-generation price-performance has been very time-consuming, expensive, and full of risk," said Mark Vondemkamp, director of marketing at Hifn. "The SSP 1000 Series is an excellent product for network equipment manufacturers who need to integrate complex security services into the packet forwarding process of products that require 1 - 2 Gigabits per second of small packet forwarding performance."

The primary processing component in each SSP 1000 Series is an ASSP that performs the security services in the network equipment product's forwarding plane. Service Engines are highly integrated and include an array of processing elements that perform the security services, hardware-based ingress and egress packet handling, and multiplexed MACs that may be configured to support Gigabit Ethernet and/or Fast Ethernet network interfaces. The Service Engine in the SSP 1000 Series also provides seamless connectivity to external control processors and security coprocessors.

The 1000 Series provides a message-based management interface to the Service Engines. The SSP Management Interface is designed so the SSP 1000 Series may be easily integrated into the packet handling functions of a network security appliance or access router product.

The SSP Series may optionally include cryptographic (ex. IPsec) and compression-based (IPcomp) packet processing services. Hifn's HIPP III Security Processors connect seamlessly to the Service Engines to accelerate these services. Systems based on SSP solutions may also optionally integrate Hifn HIPP Look-aside Security Processors to accelerate IPsec and SSL tunnel creation, SSL record processing, and other cryptographic and compression-based functions for the network application running in the user space and kernel of the operating system.

Hifn offers reference designs, hardware systems, and open source implementations to accelerate the customer's technology evaluation and development. The SSP Reference Platform is designed to accommodate most usage model requirements. The reference platform allows the customer to reduce development risk and focus on value-added differentiation.


Hifn will offer both leaded and RoHS compliant versions of components in the SSP 1000 Series. SSP will sample to customers in the third quarter of 2006.

About Hifn

Hifn combines network processing, security, compression, content search, and flow classification technology into solutions for networking, security and storage suppliers. Hifn's solutions are deployed in virtually all market-leading networking and security products. Founded in 1996, Hifn is based in Los Gatos, California. For more information on Hifn solutions, please visit: http://www.hifn.com/.

Source: Hifn, Inc.

CONTACT: Hifn, Inc. Corporate Communications, +1-408-399-3500, or

Web site: http://www.hifn.com/

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