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Tufin expands security lifecycle management supplier network

Tufin Technologies : 24 April, 2009  (Company News)
With the launch of TOP (The Tufin Open Platform) alliance, Tufin Technologies expands its network of partnerships to provide a multi-purpose IT security platform
Tufin Technologies has announced the launch of the Tufin Open Platform (TOP) alliance. TOP is both an industry-wide alliance of leading security and networking vendors and an open, multi-vendor Security Lifecycle Management platform purpose-built to enable streamlined, policy-driven network and security management.

Already providing deep integration with leading firewall vendors such as Check Point, Juniper, Cisco and Fortinet, Tufin has launched TOP with new partners F5 and Blue Coat to extend its policy management and auditing to application security and delivery network systems and devices to enable joint customers to better manage day-to-day operations of today's complex, intertwined, dynamic networks.

"With TOP, Tufin has demonstrated it understands how its policy and change management automation fits into the bigger picture," said Richard Steinnon, principal analyst, IT Harvest. "A strong eco-system of best-of-breed partners provides a host of practical, measurable benefits such as faster deployment and increased service levels that can make or break a customer relationship. Knowing that in IT, the devil is always in the details, partnerships that can smoothly deliver operational improvements without creating new setbacks will be strongly rewarded by the marketplace."

"F5 customers rely on our ability to solve their most pressing application delivery and security problems," said Mark Vondemkamp, Director of Product Marketing, Security and Acceleration Products, F5 Networks. "The one thing that's constant in their business is change - new people, new applications, or events that require network, application and security operations teams to respond. F5 welcomes Tufin into our Technology Alliance Program and looks forward to a strong and fruitful partnership with Tufin. Tufin's strong automation and policy-driven approach to managing IT and security operations will enable our joint customers to fully leverage the flexibility, agility, and reliability they have come to expect from F5."

"Because Fortinet excels in securing high performance, high throughput and highly dynamic network environments, we understand what a daunting task managing complex network environments can be - even for the savviest administrators," said Anthony James, vice president of Products, Fortinet. "The integration of Fortinet's FortiManager appliance and Tufin's automated policy management capabilities presents a powerful combination for for helping customers of FortiGate multi-threat security appliances manage their complex multi-vendor environments. This will give customers a competitive edge to maintain a strong defence against a constantly changing threat landscape and confidently manage their security operations."

Eliminating the complexity and potential errors stemming from managing multiple administration interfaces, TOP is designed to deliver centralized policy change analysis and tracking, configuration change and compliance monitoring, performance optimisation and auditing across a wide variety of security and networking devices.

Tufin has released the TOP Software Development Kit (SDK) that enables technology partners to easily integrate a wide range of network devices with its SecureTrack and SecureChange Workflow solutions. The TOP SDK provides all of the information needed to develop plug-ins quickly and easily. All plug-ins that are part of the Tufin environment are non-intrusive for the security device and automatically implement the configuration retrieval logic for TOP partner devices.

The TOP Alliance Program provides technology partners and third party professionals with the Tufin SDK, plug-in development, participation in TOP forums, events and roadmap development. F5 and Blue Coat plug-ins are available immediately from Tufin.

"No single solution, no matter how wonderful, innovative, and disruptive it is, exists in a vacuum," said Ruvi Kitov, CEO, Tufin Technologies. "TOP is a major milestone for Tufin because it heralds our expansion from a product to a platform. As a best-of-breed solutions provider, we understand what a winning proposition a healthy partner network can be for participants. Launching with such well respected, like-minded partners that share our commitment to provide secure, reliable, policy-driven security and network solutions is a privilege, and we look forward to deepening our existing relationships and expanding our network."

As part of the TOP Launch, on Wednesday April 22 at room 232 of the Moscone Centre, Tufin will be hosting a TOP "Lunch Launch" event featuring renowned security expert Richard Steinnon and TOP partners F5, Fortinet and Blue Coat discussing the future of policy-driven networks. Food will be served from 12:00-12:30pm, Richard will begin his presentation at 12:30 and the discussion and partner panel will conclude at 1:30pm.
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