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NetScreen Security Solutions Win Top Honors in Taiwan's Chiao Tung University Benchmark Test

SUNNYVALE, CA - November 5, 2003 - NetScreen Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: NSCN) today announced that two of its integrated firewall/virtual private network products - the NetScreen-5200 system and the NetScreen-5GT appliance - and the NetScreen-IDP 100 intrusion detection and prevention solution received top ratings in one of the largest-scale and most comprehensive third-party benchmark tests conducted by the Network Benchmarking Lab (NBL) of the Industry Technology Research Institute at National Chiao Tung University (ITRI-NCTU) in Taiwan. This is the third year in a row that NetScreen has received top honors from this organization.

In the “2003 Network Security Benchmark Test”, a total of 25 products from 16 vendors were evaluated on performance, ease of use, management, interoperability and detection capabilities, among others. According to the test results:

  • The NetScreen-5200, received kudos for performance - “the performance of the NetScreen-5200 exceeded that of all products submitted in the carrier category…”*.
  • The NetScreen-IDP 100 was awarded “Best Product Performance” and “Best Total Cost of Ownership Product ” in the IDS category.
  • The NetScreen-5GT was awarded the “Best Product Performance” and “Best Total Cost of Ownership Product” in the SOHO category of firewall/VPN solutions.

“Results from the benchmark test are of special significance to us. They reinforce and demonstrate that NetScreen offers robust solutions for both carriers as well as enterprise and remote users,” said David Flynn, vice president of marketing at NetScreen. “NetScreen plans to continue innovating its solutions to provide enterprises and service providers enhanced security solutions that meet today’s most demanding requirements.”

NetScreen’s Award-winning Products

The NetScreen-5200 system can provide up to 4 Gbps firewall throughput and up to 2 Gbps 3DES VPN throughput. The platform, which offers excellent scalability and flexibility, delivers high-performance capabilities for large enterprise, carrier and data center networks.

The NetScreen-5GT is NetScreen’s latest addition to a line of easy-to-use security appliances. Designed to effectively secure remote sites and telecommuters, the NetScreen-5GT offers up to 75 Mbps firewall throughput and up to 20 Mbps 3DES VPN performance.

The NetScreen-IDP 100 system is the first intrusion detection and prevention device capable of accurately detecting attacks and stopping them from reaching their victims. The flagship of NetScreen’s intrusion detection and prevention (IDP) product line, the NetScreen-IDP 100 operates in-line and includes up to eight detection mechanisms, thereby increasing detection accuracy.

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About NetScreen Technologies

NetScreen Technologies, Inc., is a leading developer of integrated network security solutions that offer the security, performance and total cost of ownership required by enterprises and carriers. NetScreen’s innovative solutions provide key security technologies, such as virtual private network, denial of service protection, firewall and intrusion prevention, in a line of easy-to-manage security appliances and systems. NetScreen is located at 805 11th Ave., Sunnyvale, CA, 94089. More information on NetScreen’s products can be found at http://www.netscreen.com or by calling toll free at 1-800-638-8296.

* The NetScreen-5200 system was the only new product that was submitted to compete in the carrier category of firewall/VPN solutions so it was compared against all carrier entrants from 2002.

NetScreen and the NetScreen logo are trademarks of NetScreen Technologies, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

This press release contains forward-looking statements about events and circumstances that have not yet occurred. For example, words such as “will”, “expects”, “provide”, “continue”, and “allows”, or other statements in the future tense, are forward-looking statements. Actual outcomes and results may differ materially from expectations in this press release due to a number of risks and uncertainties. Such risks and uncertainties include whether the market for security products will grow as projected, if at all, whether demand for NetScreen products will continue, whether new products, if and when introduced, will be successful and whether products will perform as expected.