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University of South Florida Opts For Whale to Provide Secure Anywhere Access to Higher-Education Collaborative Portal

Leading Research University to Give 40,000-Plus Faculty, Staff, Researchers and Students Extranet Access to Microsoft SharePoint Portal.

Fort Lee, NJ, November 28, 2005 – Whale today announced that the University of South Florida opted for Whale’s Intelligent Application Gateway solution to provide its 40,000-plus, faculty, staff, researchers and students secure access to its administrative portal, enabling collaboration and remote learning anytime from any Internet-connected device.

A leading research university, the Tampa-based University of South Florida, has campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland, as well as centers in downtown Tampa, New Port Richey, and Northern Pinellas County. The university wanted to extend its investment in SharePoint Portal Server 2003, which acts as the university’s administrative portal. For the university, with its remote locations, security as well as ease of use was paramount.

“As one of the nation’s leading universities noted for our research it was imperative for us that we enabled our students, researchers and faculty to collaborate from anywhere at anytime,” said Christopher Akin, Assistant Director of Information Technologies. “Ensuring the integrity of information and of our network was paramount for us. Whale’s Intelligent Application Gateway was the only product we found that enabled us to provide extranet access to our portal so we could actually extend it while implementing granular security control based on the user, the user profile and the security of the endpoint. It allowed us to remain compliant with university policy while providing our students, faculty and staff a consistent experience from wherever they were working.”

Selected by leading organizations around the world Whale’s technology offers exceptional flexibility without compromising on security. Its Intelligent Application Gateways provide deep levels of security policy granularity, enhanced and seamless user experience and easy integration into existing network infrastructures and key business applications and resources.

“We are thrilled when academic institutions like the University of South Florida, which is a recognized leader in several fields of research, selects Whale’s solution to further their academic aims,” said Roger Pilc, CEO of Whale. “It also is rewarding that our continued investment in applications from a functionality and security perspective enables us to be the only access solution to meet our clients needs.”

Whale’s client-base includes government as well as household and Global 1000 enterprises. Clients include: United States National Park Service, Regis University, Green Mountain College, Excelsior College, Britain’s Labour Party, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Dominion Resources, The Financial Times, Loews Corporation, Mutual of Omaha and Loews.

About Whale
Whale is the leading provider of business driven secure access products, including SSL VPN, application security and endpoint security offerings. A pioneer in secure application layer access, Whale’s products are deployed globally by the world’s leading organizations to extend their businesses. Today over two million employees, business partners and customer users securely and easily access their critical business applications and resources through Whale’s Intelligent Application Gateway products. The company is headquartered in Fort Lee, New Jersey and has international offices in Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Israel and representation in France.

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