Company Contact:
Monika Baumann
Global Technology Associates, Inc.
(407) 380-0220

For Immediate Release

GTA Announces GNAT Box 3.0 Firewall Software and GB-100 Internet Firewall Appliance
Revolutionary Turnkey Solution Features Virtual Private Network Support

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – September 13, 1999 – Global Technology Associates, Inc., a worldwide leader in cost-effective network security solutions, today announced the release of the latest version of its GNAT Box firewall software, and a companion hardware product, the GB-100 plug-and-play firewall appliance.

“GNAT Box 3.0 makes firewall and VPN technologies affordable for small to mid-size companies and organizations, for whom previous solutions were cost-prohibitive,” said Paul Emerson, president of Global Technology Associates. “The compact, yet powerful software is a robust firewall with VPN capabilities not previous available in cost-effective solutions.”

Also available is the GB-100 Internet Firewall Appliance, a small footprint (about 9” x 11” x 2.5”) K6-2 350 Mhz CPU with 32 Mb RAM. The efficient operation of GNAT Box 3.0 allows it to run on this configuration, even with VPN requirements.

Customers can purchase the GB-100 and GNAT Box 3.0 for a turnkey solution, or purchase the GNAT Box 3.0 software for use on their own hardware. The turnkey solution offers plug-and-play functionality for ease of installation and use.

The latest version of GNAT Box features an enhanced interface for Windows 95/98 and NT, including VPN policy configuration and management. The interface also supports GNAT Box’s new “network objects”, which allow an administrator to create logical network entities for easier policy and rule definitions. These capabilities are also found in the Web-based interface, which enables administrative control from any OS platform that supports a Web browser. Version 3.0 adds support for up to 12 network interfaces, which can be any of over one hundred supported network devices, including: Ethernet, fast Ethernet, TokenRing, FDDI, PPP, and gigabit Ethernet. The network interfaces can be configured in a variety of combinations of External, Protected or Private Service Network logical types, offering the user the ability to tailor the system to specific site requirements.

Based on GTA’s proven firewall technology, GNAT Box and the GB-100 are the result of the company’s pioneering efforts to distill its technology into a low-cost, high-performance and effective security solution that allows organizations to enjoy a dedicated state-of-the-art firewall. Companies and organizations such as Honda, Fujitsu, Softbank, Westinghouse and the British National Healthcare Service are using GNAT Box to cost-effectively safeguard their computing resources.

GNAT Box 3.0 and the GB-100 will be shipping at the end of September. The products are sold directly by GTA and through its domestic and global distribution network.

About Global Technology Associates, Inc.

Global Technology Associates, Inc., is a world leader in cost-effective network security solutions. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, the privately-held company has international affiliates in Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Eastern Europe, Egypt, Turkey, India, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.


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