Nortel Networks

Nortel, Symantec Secure Enterprise Networks Against Intrusions, Vulnerabilities

    Toronto (ots/PRNewswire) -

    - Proactive Network Protection Addresses Threats Deep in the Network

    Nortel(x) (NYSE/TSX: NT) today introduced the Nortel Application Switch  with Symantec Intelligent Network Protection. The collaborative effort  between Nortel and Symantec aims to ensure critical threats are identified  and stopped before they can penetrate a company's network infrastructure and impact business.

    Vulnerabilities, and the hackers who exploit them, are steadily increasing around the world, leaving IT organizations open to attack during  the gap between discovery of a threat and deployment of a patch to protect  against the new threat. Nortel's Application Switch with Symantec  Intelligent Network Protection is designed to close that gap protecting  against critical network-based threats. The new solution is expected to be available to customers in June.

    Symantec Intelligent Network Protection incorporates Symantec's network  intrusion prevention technologies into Nortel's Application Switch and  complements existing network intrusion prevention and detection systems on  the network. The Symantec technologies include an intelligent security  inspection engine, automatic real-time threat protection updates and security content updates backed by Symantec.

    "In today's world of increasingly sophisticated network attacks, security threats are top of mind with network administrators," said Bruce  Meyer, senior network engineer, ProMedica Health System. "Nortel is making  network security simple for us by integrating an additional layer of  security into its Application Switch, giving us confidence that critical threats are being stopped at the edge of the ProMedica network."

    To ensure the most up-to-date protection, Nortel customers can download  the current security updates through Symantec LiveUpdate, providing  customers real-time protection against the latest threats. Threat  prevention updates provide proactive protection during critical threat  outbreaks and secure unpatched systems against vulnerabilities in operating systems and applications.

    "Coupling Nortel's ability to optimize and inspect network traffic with  Symantec's intrusion prevention and security update technologies addresses  the needs of both network and security administrators in an increasingly  converged network environment," said Jeremy Burton, senior vice president,  Security and Data Management Group, Symantec. "It builds on the defense-in- depth strategy so critical to the protection of today's networks."

    "Enterprises require comprehensive network solutions that protect their  infrastructure from end-users who may inadvertently compromise security  from remote-access based threats as well as threats deep in the network  that require immediate isolation and containment," said Cindy Borovick,  director, IDC. "Continually monitoring the network for malicious activity  is key to ensuring that if an attack slips through other layers of security , the datacenter network will detect it and take appropriate actions to  block the attack and prevent interruption to critical business communications."

    Nortel's Application Switch is uniquely positioned to increase network  security by leveraging highly specialized deep packet inspection  capabilities. The Application Switch increases the availability,  performance and security of applications by providing layer 4-7 inspection at layer 2 speeds.

    Nortel's Application Switch with Symantec Intelligent Network Protection solution is a key component of Nortel's layered defense approach  to network security. Nortel has made secure connectivity available to more  than 100 million government, business and individual users worldwide. More  information on Nortel security solutions can be found at

    About Symantec

    Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals  and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their  information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in  more than 40 countries. More information is available at

    About Nortel

    Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities  that enhance the human experience, ignite and power global commerce, and  secure and protect the world's most critical information. Our next- generation technologies, for both service providers and enterprises, span  access and core networks, support multimedia and business-critical  applications, and help eliminate today's barriers to efficiency, speed and  performance by simplifying networks and connecting people with information.  Nortel does business in more than 150 countries. For more information,  visit Nortel on the Web at For the latest Nortel news, visit

    Certain statements in this press release may contain words such as " could", "expects", "may", "anticipates", "believes", "intends", "estimates ", "plans", "envisions", "seeks" and other similar language and are  considered forward-looking statements or information under applicable  securities legislation. These statements are based on Nortel's current  expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about the operating  environment, economies and markets in which Nortel operates. These  statements are subject to important assumptions, risks and uncertainties,  which are difficult to predict and the actual outcome may be materially different. Although Nortel believes expectations reflected in such forward- looking statements are reasonable based upon certain assumptions, they may  prove to be inaccurate and consequently Nortel's actual results or events  could differ materially from its expectations set out in this press release . Further, actual results or events could differ materially from those  contemplated in forward-looking statements as a result of the following (i)  risks and uncertainties relating to Nortel's restatements and related matters including: Nortel's most recent restatement and two previous restatements of its financial statements and related events; the negative  impact on Nortel and NNL of their most recent restatement and delay in  filing their financial statements and related periodic reports (including  the anticipated delay in filing the Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the  first quarter of 2006) causing them to breach their public debt indentures  and, if the delay extends beyond June 15, 2006, their obligations under  their credit facilities, with the possibility that the holders of their  public debt or NNL's lenders would seek to accelerate the maturity of that  debt, and causing, if the delay extends beyond June 15, 2006, a breach of NNL's support facility with EDC with the possibility that EDC would refuse  to issue additional support under the facility, terminate its commitments  under the facility or require NNL to cash collateralize all existing  support; legal judgments, fines, penalties or settlements, or any  substantial regulatory fines or other penalties or sanctions, related to  the ongoing regulatory and criminal investigations of Nortel in the U.S.  and Canada; any significant pending civil litigation actions not  encompassed by Nortel's proposed class action settlement; any substantial  cash payment and/or significant dilution of Nortel's existing equity  positions resulting from the finalization and approval of its proposed  class action settlement, or if such proposed class action settlement is not finalized, any larger settlements or awards of damages in respect of such  class actions; any unsuccessful remediation of Nortel's material weaknesses  in internal control over financial reporting resulting in an inability to  report Nortel's results of operations and financial condition accurately  and in a timely manner; the time required to implement Nortel's remedial  measures; Nortel's inability to access, in its current form, its shelf  registration filed with the United States Securities and Exchange  Commission (SEC), and Nortel's below investment grade credit rating and any  further adverse effect on its credit rating due to Nortel's restatement of its financial statements; any adverse affect on Nortel's business and market price of its publicly traded securities arising from continuing  negative publicity related to Nortel's restatements; Nortel's potential  inability to attract or retain the personnel necessary to achieve its  business objectives; any breach by Nortel of the continued listing  requirements of the NYSE or TSX causing the NYSE and/or the TSX to commence  suspension or delisting procedures; any default in Nortel's filing  obligations extending beyond July 15, 2006 for the 2006 First Quarter Form  10-Qs, causing any Canadian securities regulatory authority to impose an  order to cease all trading in Nortel's securities within the applicable  jurisdiction or to impose such an order sooner if Nortel fails to comply  with the alternate information guidelines of such regulatory authorities; ( ii) risks and uncertainties relating to Nortel's business including: yearly  and quarterly fluctuations of Nortel's operating results; reduced demand  and pricing pressures for its products due to global economic conditions,  significant competition, competitive pricing practice, cautious capital  spending by customers, increased industry consolidation, rapidly changing  technologies, evolving industry standards, frequent new product  introductions and short product life cycles, and other trends and industry  characteristics affecting the telecommunications industry; any material and  adverse affects on Nortel's performance if its expectations regarding  market demand for particular products prove to be wrong or because of  certain barriers in its efforts to expand internationally; any reduction in  Nortel's operating results and any related volatility in the market price  of its publicly traded securities arising from any decline in its gross margin, or fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; any negative  developments associated with Nortel's supply contract and contract  manufacturing agreements including as a result of using a sole supplier for  key optical networking solutions components, and any defects or errors in  Nortel's current or planned products; any negative impact to Nortel of its  failure to achieve its business transformation objectives; additional  valuation allowances for all or a portion of its deferred tax assets;  Nortel's failure to protect its intellectual property rights, or any  adverse judgments or settlements arising out of disputes regarding  intellectual property; changes in regulation of the Internet and/or other  aspects of the industry; Nortel's failure to successfully operate or  integrate its strategic acquisitions, or failure to consummate or succeed  with its strategic alliances; any negative effect of Nortel's failure to evolve adequately its financial and managerial control and reporting systems and processes, manage and grow its business, or create an effective  risk management strategy; and (iii) risks and uncertainties relating to  Nortel's liquidity, financing arrangements and capital including: the  impact of Nortel's most recent restatement and two previous restatements of  its financial statements; any acceleration under their public debt  indentures and credit facilities, which may result in Nortel and NNL being  unable to meet their respective payment obligations; any inability of Nortel to manage cash flow fluctuations to fund working capital requirements or achieve its business objectives in a timely manner or obtain additional sources of funding; high levels of debt, limitations on  Nortel capitalizing on business opportunities because of credit facility  covenants, or on obtaining additional secured debt pursuant to the  provisions of indentures governing certain of Nortel's public debt issues  and the provisions of its credit facilities; any increase of restricted  cash requirements for Nortel if it is unable to secure alternative support  for obligations arising from certain normal course business activities, or  any inability of Nortel's subsidiaries to provide it with sufficient funding; any negative effect to Nortel of the need to make larger defined  benefit plans contributions in the future or exposure to customer credit  risks or inability of customers to fulfill payment obligations under  customer financing arrangements; any negative impact on Nortel's ability to  make future acquisitions, raise capital, issue debt and retain employees  arising from stock price volatility and further declines in the market  price of Nortel's publicly traded securities, or any future share  consolidation resulting in a lower total market capitalization or adverse  effect on the liquidity of Nortel's common shares. For additional information with respect to certain of these and other factors, see the  Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K/A and NNL's Annual Report on Form 10-K  and other securities filings with the SEC. Unless otherwise required by  applicable securities laws, Nortel disclaims any intention or obligation to  update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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