Cipheroptics Joins With Abovenet To Support Security Data Applications Over Private Metro Optical Networks

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Raleigh, NC, January 9, 2007 -- CipherOptics Inc., the leading innovator of Compliance-Grade network security solutions and AboveNet Communications, Inc., a leading private metro optical network provider, today announced that they have teamed up to significantly increase the security and scalability of high performance metro optical networks for their growing global customer base.

AboveNet's low latency custom solutions, including WDM, Wavelength and Long Haul Services between the Enterprise Buildings, Carrier Hotels and Data Centers provides CipherOptics' customers with the advanced connectivity that will maximize the performance of their encryption appliances, further removing the bottlenecks created by standard encryption solutions.

"Through this relationship, customers will benefit from a strong joint solution - our unsurpassed Premier Metro Fiber Services and CipherOptics industry-leading policy and key management solution," said MaryBeth Nance, Director of Business Development for AboveNet. "By working together, our customers will now be able to eliminate the management complexities of traditional router-based encryption solutions, while meeting the growing bandwidth, security and latency requirements of today's complex network infrastructure."

With a focus on customers in the financial services, healthcare and government markets, this affiliation will provide organizations with leading-edge data protection solutions which, together with their existing investments in perimeter security and identity management, will further secure their high-value corporate data while it travels on AboveNet's Premier Metro Fiber Network. For customers deploying CipherOptics' recently announced TrustNet Manager, an industry-leading policy and key management solution, this partnership will bring advanced performance and connectivity benefits, allowing them to further maximize their technology investment.

"With an extensive Private Metro Optical Network, AboveNet is uniquely qualified to provide the connectivity our customers need to seamlessly connect critical locations, delivering applications with speed and reliability," said Ron Willis, President and CEO of CipherOptics. "We look forward to working together to deliver comprehensive security solutions that solve the fundamental challenges of securing data as it travels over latency-sensitive applications."


About CipherOptics
CipherOptics is the leader in multi-layer encryption solutions for high performance networks. The Company provides advanced IPsec VPN and encryption solutions for wide area networks, and enables secure connectivity to private and public clouds. CipherOptics helps organizations improve security, decrease risk, and reduce the cost of compliance while enabling high performance and secure connectivity to critical infrastructures.

For more information about CipherOptics visit the company website at www.certesnetworks.com.

About AboveNet, Inc.
AboveNet, Inc. provides fiber connectivity solutions for businesses and carriers. Its private optical network delivers key network and IP services in and between 14 top U.S. metro markets and London. AboveNets network is widely used in demanding markets such as financial services, media, health care, retail and government. For more information on our company, please go to our website at www.above.net.