ZyXEL Debuts World's First 3-Layer Security Scheme for Robust SMB Network

ZyXEL SMART SOC Centralizes ZyXEL Network Device Administration for Effective Defence

Hsinchu, Taiwan, March 8, 2005 - ZyXEL Communications (TSE: 2391), world's leading broadband access solutions provider, will unveil its ZyXEL SMART Security Operation Center (SMART SOC) solution for small- and mid-sized business in the Hannover CeBIT Show (Hall 15 C05), which entitles ZyXEL as the world's first vendor to offer the 3-layer network protection scheme. ZyXEL's multilayer defence solution is designed for the gateways, workgroups and individuals to provide all-aspect security products and services for SMB to construct an effective, extensive and in-depth information security network.

"Network threats are proliferating into the corporate infrastructure from outside, as we learned that most recent security incidents and viruses spread on company networks originated from within," said Albert Lee, Senior Product Manager of ZyXEL's Network Security and Applications Division. "The world's first 3-layer network protection scheme comprises of products and services developed by ZyXEL, ranging from the outmost Perimeter Protection, to Workgroup Protection and core End-point Protection for SMB to effectively blockade attacks from inside and outside, and to remedy the deficiency of single-point defence."

The new ZyXEL 3-layer defense scheme is managed by ZyXEL SMART SOC, a joint defence mechanism designed exclusively for SMB. The system is capable of administrating ZyXEL firewalls, managed switches, wireless access points, as well as their management systems. ZyXEL SMART SOC scans for network irregularities persistently, then locates and isolates the infected computer to prevent other nodes from infection. These effective measures provide holistic protection to everyone for a safer working environment.

On the perimeter gateway protection, ZyXEL employs the integrated, multifunction ZyWALL 5/35/70 firewall and ZyWALL IDP 10 intrusion detection and protection system to provide choices of outbound connections in different scales. Featuring comprehensive Anti-Virus, Anti-Spam, IDP and Content Filtering capabilities, the ZyWALL Series is a competent solution against external attacks.

For workgroups within corporate infrastructure, ZyXEL offers ZyWALL 5/35, ZyWALL IDP 10, and Vantage WLC (WLAN Controller) to form the second line of resistance. More then just playing the floodgate role, firewalls deployed on major corporate network branches can protect crucial system assets from misappropriation as well.

On the third layer of personal protection, ZyXEL has palm-sized ZyWALL P1 portable personal firewall, also a world first, for enforcing end-point security. Conforming to corporate security policies through centralized ZyXEL network management system, the handy ZyWALL P1 is great for employees on business trips or telecommuting. For mobile users prone to unknown attacks, the ZyXEL personal firewalls can significantly lower the risk of users bringing the contagious danger back to the office. With ZyXEL's complete and exhaustive 3-layer protection scheme, corporate users can forge their robust, bulletproof network with total confidence.

About ZyXEL Communications
ZyXEL Communications Co. (TSE: 2391), located in Hsinchu, Taiwan, is the world's largest DSL router provider (Gartner, July 2004). ZyXEL's broad line of Internet Protocol-based (IP) networking solutions includes access multiplexors, customer premise equipment, Internet security and Wireless LAN equipment, enabling high-performance network services for SOHO, small to mid-sized businesses and service providers. ZyXEL works closely with worldwide network equipment vendors, telecommunications companies, ISPs, and other major businesses. For more information, visit the company's Website at http://www.zyxel.com.