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PITTSBURGH -- Marconi Corporation plc (London: MONI) today announced additional security enhancements to its network management software that help Marconi's multiservice switch-routers, among the most secure network elements available, block unwanted access by delivering a secure, assured networking environment. The new enhancements support Triple Data Encryption Standard (3DES) for Simple Network Management Protocol, version 3, used by network operators to encrypt and secure the messages that manage network elements.

By combining 3DES with the security enhancements introduced with SNMPv3, Marconi's management software helps ensure that unauthorized users cannot disrupt critical communications between network devices in commercial or government networks. With the addition of 3DES, Marconi enhances one of the industry's strongest network security offerings, developed over years of mission-critical switch-router design and robust security features written into its ForeThought(tm) system software and Service On(tm) Data network management software.

Marconi's 3DES for SNMPv3 is enabled with Marconi's management software and interoperates with the management software provided by other vendors. Marconi demonstrated its secured, assured networking environment at the 2003 Networld + Interop trade-show with SNMP Research International using Marconi's ForeThought Software and ASX(tm)-200BX switch-routers.

"Marconi's decision to support 3DES for SNMPv3 demonstrates a thorough understanding of security threats and how to guard against them," said Dr. Jeffrey Case, founder and chief technology officer of SNMP Research. "Many of our clients, particularly in Federal Government agencies, have specified 3DES as their encryption standard for use today. Combined with the authentication and privacy features in SNMPv3, Marconi's network security upgrades provide a foundation for the cost-savings and increased productivity that come when users are more confident in the robustness and reliability of their network."

Marconi Corp. plc

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