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Juniper Networks Introduces FIPS-Compliant Operating Systems for U.S. Government Certified Security Deployments

Enhanced ScreenOS Software For FW/VPN Appliances Extends Access Security To The Federal Level

SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 18, 2005 - Juniper Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR) today announced an enhanced ScreenOS real-time, security-specific operating system for its Firewall (FW) and IPSec Virtual Private Network (VPN) appliances that complies with the latest Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS). The Juniper Networks ScreenOS 5.0.0r9-FIPS operating system combined with the Juniper FW/VPN solutions offer government customers purpose-built, secure access appliances that meet the specific requirements and procurement practices of federal agencies.

"Federal agencies are directed to procure IT technologies that meet rigorous government certifications. When agencies follow this direction, they more successfully implement technology that minimizes risk, service disruption, and deployment costs. In the aggregate, such implementations will dramatically accelerate the flexibility for government agencies to deliver improved security access across federal networks," said John Trauth, vice president of Government Systems at Merlin Technical Solutions, Inc., a Juniper Networks reseller.

Thomas Kreidler, vice president of Juniper Networks Federal Systems, said, "We are very excited to provide the federal government with FW/VPN appliances that utilize a FIPS-compliant operating system. Juniper Networks provides the most secure FIPS certified FW/VPN solutions to meet the heightened security and technology needs of federal agencies."

ScreenOS 5.0.0r9-FIPS includes a robust set of security and management applications that has been certified to the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 security benchmark. The FIPS 140-2 certification is the most recent U.S. Government stringent security standard for cryptographic modules. Administered by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST), and the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) of the Government of Canada, FIPS products specify security requirements designed to protect against potential threats, such as hacking and other cyber crimes. The IT security products that utilize cryptography and are sold into government agencies at the federal level must comply with these stringent standards.


The Juniper Networks ScreenOS 5.0.0r9-FIPS is available now for the NetScreen-5XT, -204, -208, -500, -5200, and -5400. The ScreenOS 5.0.0r9-FIPS is free of charge for new and existing Juniper Networks customers under the service contract and can be downloaded at https://www.juniper.net/customers/support/.

About Juniper Networks, Inc.

Juniper Networks is the leader in enabling secure and assured communications over a single IP network. The company's purpose-built, high performance IP platforms enable customers to support many different services and applications at scale. Service providers, enterprises, governments and research and education institutions worldwide rely on Juniper Networks to deliver products for building networks that are tailored to the specific needs of their users, services and applications. Juniper Networks' portfolio of proven networking and security solutions supports the complex scale, security and performance requirements of the world's most demanding networks. Additional information can be found at www.juniper.net.

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