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Blackboard® ASP Secures Network with TippingPoint Intrusion Prevention Systems

  • 20 April, 2005 10:14

<p>Sydney, Australia – 20 April, 2005 – TippingPoint, a division of 3Com (Nasdaq: COMS) and the leader in intrusion prevention, today announced that Blackboard’s ASP division, a leading enterprise software company for e-Education, has chosen TippingPoint Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) after a thorough evaluation of the top IPS products.</p>
<p>Blackboard’s hosting team was impressed with the ease-of-implementation, default prevention settings, and preemptive protection of TippingPoint’s IPS through the automatic Digital Vaccine update service that protects vulnerabilities prior to the emergence of an exploit. The team also liked the ability to segment the network with the TippingPoint IPS.</p>
<p>“We wanted to go with the leader, so we chose TippingPoint,” said Jonas Hirshfield, Blackboard’s director of Infrastructure Development. “It gave us one less thing to worry about. It is truly a turnkey solution. We have the IPS set to automatically download the Digital Vaccine updates with the recommended settings to block attacks. Now, when a new threat terrorises others in the early morning hours, we rest easy knowing that TippingPoint’s IPS has a Digital Vaccine protecting us at all times.”</p>
<p>Blackboard administrators said they found TippingPoint’s Security Management System to be intuitive and fast. Blackboard was also pleased to have the option to access TippingPoint’s Security Management System and Intrusion Prevention Systems from both Hypertext Transfer Protocol over Secure Socket Layer (HTTPS), a protocol enabling the secured transmission of Web pages, and Secure Shell (SSH), a packet-based binary protocol that provides encrypted connections to remote hosts or servers.</p>
<p>Hirshfield said they were extremely pleased with TippingPoint’s sales and support, and added that the team was on-site numerous times and fully understood the Blackboard environment. “They made recommendations based on what we needed and were also on-site when we deployed. The have taken a genuine interest in our success and have maintained a relationship even after the sale. This is hard to find and when you do, you go with it.”</p>
<p>The TippingPoint Intrusion Prevention Systems provide Application Protection, Performance Protection and Infrastructure Protection at gigabit speeds through total packet inspection. Application Protection capabilities provide fast, accurate, reliable protection from internal and external cyber attacks. Through its Infrastructure Protection capabilities, the TippingPoint IPS protects VoIP infrastructure, routers, switches, DNS and other critical infrastructure from targeted attacks and traffic anomalies. TippingPoint’s Performance Protection capabilities enable customers to throttle non-mission critical applications that hijack valuable bandwidth and IT resources, thereby aligning network resources and business-critical application performance.</p>
<p>About Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard is a leading provider of enterprise software and services to the education industry. The Company's product line consists of five software applications bundled in two suites, the Blackboard Academic Suite(TM) and the Blackboard Commerce Suite(TM). Blackboard's clients include colleges, universities, schools and other education providers, as well as textbook publishers and student-focused merchants that serve education providers and their students. Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices and staff in North America, Europe and Asia.</p>
<p>About TippingPoint, a division of 3Com
TippingPoint, a division of 3Com, is the leading provider of network-based intrusion prevention systems that deliver in-depth Application Protection, Infrastructure Protection, and Performance Protection for corporate enterprises, government agencies, service providers and academic institutions. Our innovative approach offers customers unmatched network-based security with unrivaled economics, ultra-high performance, scalability and reliability. TippingPoint is based in Austin, Texas, and can be contacted through its Web site at or by telephone at 1-888-TRUE-IPS.</p>
<p>About 3Com Corporation
3Com is a leading provider of secure, converged voice and data networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes. 3Com offers a broad line of innovative products backed by world class sales, service and support, which excel at delivering business value for its customers. When customers exercise choice, their choice is 3Com. For further information, please visit, or the press site</p>
<p>Copyright © 2005 3Com Corporation. 3Com, 3Com logo, TippingPoint Technologies, the TippingPoint logo and Digital Vaccine are registered trademarks and Exercise Choice is a trademark of 3Com Corporation. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective holders.
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