Sygate Adds Seasoned Technology Executive to Management Team

Enterprise Endpoint Security Leader Recruits Former Cisco Executive Jack Martin to Accelerate Sygate's Rapid Growth.

FREMONT, Calif.- January 21, 2004 -

Sygate Technologies, the market leader of enterprise endpoint security solutions, announced today the appointment of Jack Martin as vice president of strategic alliances and business development. Martin, a seasoned executive with more than 25 years of enterprise hardware and software experience, brings to Sygate a proven track record of expediting the growth of both start-up and large public companies. As vice president of strategic alliances and business development, Martin will be responsible for accelerating Sygate's strategic alliance and business development efforts in support of the company's initiatives to deliver the dominant enterprise endpoint security platform to Global 2000 customers. Martin will report directly to Sygate president and CEO John De Santis.

"Jack brings to Sygate recognized development, sales and operational success, with a keen understanding of how to build, market and sell business-critical technology to global corporations," said John De Santis, president and CEO of Sygate. "His experience growing world-class enterprise technology companies and his track record of excellent collaboration with customers and partners are a perfect fit to ensure Sygate's continued success and rapid growth."

With extensive experience in the networking industry, Martin most recently served as vice president of field operations responsible for all sales, field support and marketing for TippingPoint Technologies, an intrusion prevention appliance manufacturer. From 1994 through 2000, Jack was at Cisco Systems where he held a number of positions of increasing responsibility in sales and field management. In a highly successful seven-year run, Martin managed sales and delivery teams that sold, cumulatively, more than $700 million. Prior to Cisco, Jack was president and CEO of Bridgeworks, where in 1993, his work redefining how manufacturers worked with their channel partners led to his being honored by Computer Reseller News as one of the top 25 power brokers in the technology industry.

"I consider my new role at Sygate to be a great opportunity," said Jack Martin, newly appointed vice president of strategic alliances and business development. "Sygate has superior products, satisfied customers and the leadership position in the booming enterprise endpoint security market. The company has enjoyed tremendous success and record growth -- even in the recent economic downturn -- and is extremely well positioned as it enters into the next phase of its development as a company. I am delighted to be driving a part of Sygate's future success."

About CIR Ventures

CIR Ventures is an early-stage technology venture capital fund sponsored by CIR Group (Milan:CIRX), the industrial holding company of the De Benedetti Group and one of Italy's largest conglomerates. CIR Ventures invests in enterprise and communication software and services companies located primarily in California and Italy. CIR Ventures adds value by leveraging contacts and synergies of CIR Group. For more information, please visit CIR Ventures at www.cirventures.com.

About Sygate Technologies, Inc.

Sygate is the market leader of endpoint security solutions for the large enterprise. Using Sygate Secure Enterprise, the world's largest enterprises protect their networks, enforce business policies, and automate security practices to regain control of network security, reduce costs, and ensure compliance across the organization. Partnerships with industry leaders, including Aventail, Neoteris, Netscreen, Nortel, Cisco, RSA, and iPass, enable Sygate's technology to operate seamlessly across multiple platforms and applications. Sygate Technologies is a privately held company headquartered in Fremont, California. For more information, please visit www.sygate.com or call 866-308-8899


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