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NETGEAR Delivers Unparalleled Security and High Performance with New Line of UTM Security Appliances for Small Businesses
Apr 17, 2009 (08:04 AM EDT)


SAN JOSE, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NETGEAR(R), Inc. , a worldwide provider of technologically innovative, branded networking solutionstoday announced the ProSecure(TM) UTM family of appliances, the first line of Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances designed for small businesses that do not compromise on security functionality or performance. The ProSecure UTM line, which initially consists of the UTM10 and UTM25 appliances, leverages security technologies from leading security partners and NETGEAR's patent-pending Stream Scanning technology to deliver comprehensive, best-of-breed security with high performance at a price point that maps to small business budgets. In addition, the ProSecure UTM appliances come with simple subscription options without any per-user licensing. NETGEAR will display its full line of ProSecure solutions, including the recently announced STM Series of Web and Email Threat Management appliances for medium-sized businesses, in booth #1757 at the RSA 2009 conference and trade show in San Francisco, April 20-24, 2009.

The advent of Web 2.0 technologies has increased the security risks to small business networks more than ever before. The ability to leverage the Web in order to drive revenue, increase productivity and support remote workers has become both commonplace and critical for small businesses everywhere. However, with these benefits come significantly increased risks as more malicious code and increasingly pervasive spam take advantage of increased web and email reliance. By leveraging Web-based technologies, small businesses are actually "pulling" malware and other potential threats onto their networks. This means that SMBs require more powerful, enterprise-class security in order to protect their businesses. However, because complete security solutions require an abundance of processing power to examine network traffic in real time, existing small business security solutions often use rudimentary security technologies that sacrifice protection comprehensiveness for speed.

"The sheer computing 'horsepower' required to keep myriad security technologies from bogging down the network has often made many enterprise-class technologies too expensive for smaller businesses to realistically consider as a solution," said Jason Leung, NETGEAR's senior product line manager for SMB Security. "NETGEAR, with its patented Stream Scanning technology, has cracked the code on employing comprehensive security while still delivering high performance at a price point that makes a true UTM solution affordable for small businesses."

NETGEAR ProSecure Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances combine performance with full security coverage. Patent-pending Stream Scanning Technology enables the ProSecure UTM to employ best-of-breed security technologies while maintaining a high level of throughput and minimizing scanning induced latency. NETGEAR has forged security technology partnerships with Commtouch(R), Mailshell(TM) and Sophos to bring best-of-breed Web and email security technologies to the ProSecure UTM platform. Those, combined with proven NETGEAR firewall and VPN functionality, form an effective and ideal SMB security solution.

Leung continued, "Vendors in the security industry are hiding a 'dirty little secret' from small businesses - they offer solutions that use extremely limited AV signature sets or use watered-down anti-spam techniques - all in the name of speed. After all, security is difficult to quantify but speed is easy to quantify. So, vendors opt for speed over security, and bank on the assumption that small businesses don't know any better. By way of comparison, NETGEAR's ProSecure UTM line delivers up to 200 times the number of attack signatures than our nearest competitor's platform while delivering outstanding performance. This is our way of saying, 'small businesses - we hear you and you deserve better.'"

With full 24/7 technical support that connects SMBs directly with experienced security experts, the NETGEAR ProSecure UTM Series of appliances will change the face of SMB security. The UTM10 and UTM25 will be available in July from value-added resellers and leading direct marketers at an estimated U.S. street price starting at $375 with a two-year warranty. More information is available at ( http://prosecure.netgear.com ).

NETGEAR (NASDAQGM: NTGR) designs innovative, branded technology solutions that address the specific networking, storage, and security needs of Small- to Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) and home users. The company offers an end-to-end networking product portfolio to enable users to share Internet access, peripherals, files, multimedia content, and applications among multiple computers and other Internet-enabled devices. Products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless, Ethernet and powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. NETGEAR products are sold in over 29,000 retail locations around the globe, and via more than 41,000 value-added resellers. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in 25 countries. NETGEAR is an ENERGY STAR(R) partner. More information is available by visiting www.netgear.com or calling (408) 907-8000.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Specifically, statements concerning the expected performance characteristics, specifications, market acceptance, market growth, specific uses, user feedback and market position of NETGEAR's products and technology are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the following: the actual price, performance and ease of use of NETGEAR's products may not meet the price, performance and ease of use requirements of customers; product performance may be adversely affected by real world operating conditions; failure of products may under certain circumstances cause permanent loss of end user data; new viruses or Internet threats may develop that challenge the effectiveness of security features in NETGEAR's products; the ability of NETGEAR to market and sell its products and technology; the impact and pricing of competing products; and the introduction of alternative technological solutions. Further information on potential risk factors that could affect NETGEAR and its business are detailed in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, those risks and uncertainties listed in the section entitled "Part I - Item 1A. Risk Factors," pages 11 through 26, in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 4, 2009. NETGEAR undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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CONTACT: Jay Nichols of Sterling Communications, +1-415-992-3210, jnichols@sterlingpr.com, for NETGEAR, Inc.

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