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Spirent Launches Test Tool

ThreatEx tests network resilience with new attacks and Spirent global services support

November 8, 2005

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ROCKVILLE, Md. --   Spirent Communications (NYSE:SPM)(LSE:SPT) today announced the worldwide availability of Spirent ThreatEx, a sophisticated tool capable of replicating the most extreme digital attacks. Spirent's ThreatEx simulates network attacks by creating data packets that mimic the behaviour of viruses and worms, and can be used to evaluate Firewalls and Intrusion Detection and Intrusion Prevention Systems (IDS/IPS). For companies that have limited resources, Spirent's Global Services team can use ThreatEx to perform security audits and supplements internal capabilities with test methodology expertise so that customers can focus on their core business.

   "Companies face a barrage of increasingly sophisticated digital attacks crafted to bring down their mission critical applications and e-commerce sites," said Zeus Kerravala, vice president of Enterprise Infrastructure at the Yankee Group. "The ability to identify network and device vulnerabilities before debilitating attacks occur can make or break a business."

   ThreatEx is used by equipment manufacturers to test their IDS/IPS and firewalls during their quality assurance cycle, and by Service Providers and Enterprises to test new security devices before purchase and before deployment.

   ThreatEx consists of an appliance that generates attacks and includes a large number of attacks pre-configured for use either individually or together with other attacks. Users can create variants of existing attacks or new attacks using ThreatEx Designer software. It can also automatically evaluate an organisation's vulnerability with ThreatWalker software.

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