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NetScreen Secure Access Appliance Wins Network Computing Magazine Editor's Choice Award in Competitive SSL VPN Lab Review

SUNNYVALE, CA - December 1, 2003 - NetScreen Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: NSCN) today announced that its NetScreen-SA 5000 Series SSL VPN, formerly the Neoteris® Access 5000 Series, has won the coveted Editor’s Choice Award from CMP Media LLC’s Network Computing magazine in an extensive SSL VPN industry competitive lab review.

The recognition from Network Computing distinguishes the NetScreen-SA 5000 Series, a member of the Neoteris Secure Access Appliance product family, as the leading SSL VPN solution reviewed for deploying secure access to enterprise applications and information. This competitive lab review, published in the Nov. 13 issue of Network Computing, evaluated eight of today’s leading SSL-based remote access products. The review can be found at http://www.nwc.com/showitem.jhtml?articleID=16000510&pgno=1.

“The Neoteris Access 5000 Series sets the security standard,” the review stated. “We awarded it our Editor’s Choice because it provides a full-featured product with a wealth of configuration options, good authentication and access-control features, and sound application support. The appliance also has extensive user and group definitions that go far beyond those offered by the other products we tested.”

According to the evaluation, the NetScreen product received the best scores out of the competitive field, including in the categories of Portal Configuration, Authentication, and Browser Security. According to the review, Portal Configuration covers link building in the user interface and additional configurable features; Authentication covers support for multiple authentication servers and retrieval of group memberships; and Browser Security refers to cache wiping, host configuration enforcement and cookie caching.

“NetScreen is excited that the Neoteris Access 5000 Series appliance, now called the NetScreen-SA 5000 Series, has been named as the leading SSL VPN solution in this high-profile review by Network Computing - one of the industry’s most comprehensive and inclusive competitive labs reviews,” said Jason Matlof, vice president of marketing for NetScreen’s secure access products. “This recognition validates our leading position in the SSL VPN market, and demonstrates the value and breadth of the security and SSL-based access functionalities in our products.”

The Neoteris Secure Access Appliance Family

NetScreen’s Neoteris Secure Access Appliance family, which has earned the most awards and industry accolades in the SSL VPN market since its first products shipped in 2001, is the market’s leading SSL VPN product line. Enterprises worldwide have selected the NetScreen-SA 1000, -SA 3000 and -SA 5000 products because they enable cost-effective deployment of easy-to-use, full-featured, secure access capabilities to mobile knowledge workers and authorized partners.

The NetScreen SA Series provides application-layer access, stringent access controls, and granular auditing and reporting capabilities to minimize IT headaches and security concerns. Additionally, the SSL-based platform offers enterprise-class high availability and performance scalability options, so secure access can be deployed on a wide scale reducing user downtime, lost productivity or network performance. The appliances have passed rigorous security audits by TruSecure Corporation, Cryptography Research, Inc., and security and forensic computing expert Dan Farmer.

About Network Computing

For IT, By IT, Network Computing (http://www.networkcomputing.com), published by CMP Media LLC, Manhasset, N.Y., is dedicated to providing critical analysis of technologies, vendors and products to 220,000 IT managers and staff who are accountable for strategic technology purchase decisions. In 2003, Network Computing won a total of four awards from the American Society of Business Publications Editors (ASBPE), including a national award in the Best Technical Article category.

About NetScreen Technologies

NetScreen Technologies, Inc., is a leading developer of network security and access solutions for enterprises and carriers worldwide. NetScreen’s solutions offer customers multiple layers of network and application-level protection in purpose-built appliances and systems that optimize performance and reduce total operating costs. NetScreen is located at 805 11th Ave., Sunnyvale, Calif., 94089. More information on NetScreen’s products can be found at www.netscreen.com or by calling toll free at 1-800-638-8296.

NetScreen and the NetScreen logo are trademarks of NetScreen Technologies, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Trend Micro is a trademark or registered trademark of Trend Micro Incorporated. 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.