Intel to Add Security Technology to DSL Modems

BOSTON (03/30/2000) - Intel Corp. has signed a deal to license DSL (digital subscriber line) modem security software from Network Ice Corp. for use in a modem Intel is testing now. Intel also has made an unspecified equity investment in the San Mateo, California-based security software vendor.

Intel will use Network Ice's BlackIce Defender intrusion detection and personal firewall software in the Pro/DSL 3100 Modem and other future Intel products, the company said in a statement today. The software lets DSL users monitor, block and trace outside attempts to gain entry into their computers.

The deal will make Intel the first vendor to offer DSL modems that provide security software, the company said. Broadband Internet access via DSL and cable modems that allow "always-on" connectivity are particularly vulnerable to security risks.

The Intel modem is expected to be available through DSL service providers in June of this year for US$295, the company said. The modem is being tested by users in North America and Europe.

Intel, in Santa Clara, California, can be reached at +1-408-987-8080 or http://www.intel.com/. Network Ice, in San Mateo, can be reached at +1-650-532-4100 or http://www.networkice.com/.

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