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Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Selects Whale’s SSL VPN to Provide Secure Remote Access to Key Financial Applications

Global Provider of Financial Services Chooses Whale After In-Depth Evaluation of Leading SSL VPNs.

Fort Lee, NJ, May 26, 2005 – Whale Communications today announced that Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation selected Whale’s SSL VPN to give its employees secure anytime, anywhere access to key financial applications.

A global provider of financial services and subsidiary of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation was looking for a technology solution that would allow them to deliver remote access to business critical and often sensitive information from any web browser. For Sumitomo Mitsui maintaining granular security while providing robust remote access was paramount. They drew a clear line between access granularity and employees productivity.

“We evaluated five leading SSL VPN solutions,” said Andrew Levine, Senior Vice President/ Solutions Architect of JRI America, another subsidiary of SMFG, which runs the IT for Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. “Whale’s offering went well beyond the other products on the market. Whale’s unique and in-depth understanding of applications made it the only solution that allowed us to provide access without resorting to blind, and potentially insecure, tunneling.”

Levine added: “Whale’s product met our needs of today and we believe that they will continue to meet our remote access needs as their technology platform is easily adaptable to new applications and versions which ensures a long-term commitment to providing uninterrupted application level access.”

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation was primarily looking for a solution to provide access to corporate resources including Citrix, Oracle Financial Services and Microsoft Terminal Services. They intend to extend access to additional applications.

Selected by Network Computing Magazine as the best SSL VPN solution in 2004, Whale’s technology offers exceptional flexibility. Its Application AwareT approach provides deep levels of security policy granularity, enhanced user experience and easy integration into existing network infrastructures and key business applications.

“We are pleased that another venerable institution like Sumitomo Mitsui has selected Whale for our pioneering technology,” said Daniel Steiner, President of Whale. “This attests yet again to the significant value Whale gives by providing an Application Aware solution that exceeds the standard offerings in terms of functionality, access and security.”

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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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