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Midwest Wireless Selects Whale’s SSL VPN to Provide Employees Secure Remote Access to Key Business Applications

Leading Wireless Provider Bolsters Productivity by Giving its 600-plus Employees Anywhere Access to Collaborative and Sales Applications, and Network Resources.

Fort Lee, NJ, September 15, 2005 – Whale Communications today announced that Midwest Wireless selected Whale’s SSL VPN to provide its 600-plus employees secure access to business-critical collaborative and sales applications, and network resources.

Based in Mankato, Minnesota, Midwest Wireless serves more than 420,000 people in 85 counties of Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. A leading provider of wireless services, including voice and data solutions, Midwest Wireless’ primary goal is to provide its customers with the most reliable and advanced services available.

Midwest Wireless was looking for a technology solution that would allow it to give its employees, including traveling sales representatives, access to key applications and network resources. For Midwest Wireless maintaining the utmost security while delivering access to applications and resources including its proprietary Sales Extranet, Microsoft SharePoint Portal, Microsoft Outlook Web Access, Native Outlook, Windows File Shares, and Microsoft Terminal Services was paramount.

“Whale’s SSL VPN allowed us to provide various employee groups access to the specific applications they need to make their jobs easier while at the same time bolstering their productivity,” said Jeff Evenson, Manager, Enterprise Information Security, Midwest Wireless.
“In particular, the intelligence of Whale’s gateway solution allowed us from one single point of entry to easily provide access to two portals each with varying authentication schemes and applications depending on the user.”

Evenson added that for Midwest Wireless maintaining the highest level of security was critical. “The fact that we could easily provide this access while adhering to our corporate security policy was critical. We continuously strive to provide our customers with the most advanced services and products and back it with the best service. By enabling our team to collaborate from anywhere at anytime this not only boosts productivity it helps us service our customers better,” Evenson said.

Selected by leading organizations around the world to deliver business driven application access, Whale’s technology offers exceptional flexibility without compromising on security. Its application layer approach provides deep levels of security policy granularity, enhanced user experience and easy integration into existing network infrastructures and key business applications and resources.

“We understand that for cutting edge companies like Midwest Wireless providing a solution that allows them to be more productive without compromising on security is key,” said Roger Pilc, CEO of Whale. “We are pleased that Midwest Wireless recognized that Whale’s Application Intelligent Gateway exceeds the standard offerings in terms of security, functionality and access – providing significant business value.”

About Whale Communications
Whale Communications is the leading enterprise-class SSL VPN vendor, enabling companies to provide employees, business partners and customers secure access to corporate data and applications from any web browser. Named a leader, visionary and tier-one SSL VPN player by major analysts such as Gartner, META Group, Forrester and Frost & Sullivan, Whale’s SSL VPN products have also won numerous industry awards such as Network Computing magazine’s Best SSL VPN for 2004. Its solutions have been securing enterprises worldwide since it was founded in 1998. Privately held, Whale is funded by prominent venture firms and industry leaders, including Goldman Sachs, Soros Private Equity Partners and the BRM Group, the founding investor of Check Point Software Technologies. The company is headquartered in Fort Lee, New Jersey and has international offices in Israel, the United Kingdom, France and Germany.

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