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Guardian Digital To Help Ease Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance with Free Compliance-Readiness Assessment
New "Compliance-Readiness Initiative" to Provide Comprehensive Analysis of Security Vulnerabilities to Ensure Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance

ALLENDALE, NJ, November 8, 2004 -- Guardian Digital, Inc., the world's premier provider of open source security solutions, today announced the launch of a new initiative aimed at helping companies assess their network-readiness in meeting Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) legislation requirements. With the first deadline of November 15th fast approaching, Guardian Digital is seeking to raise awareness among corporate IT administrators as to the specific network security requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley act through its "Compliance-Readiness Initiative." Although this first compliance deadline applies only to companies with market capitalization of more than $75 million, the second deadline of July 15, 2005 will be far-reaching, requiring compliance from all publicly traded firms, private companies with public debt in the United States, and qualifying foreign organizations.

Necessitated by the rampant accounting scandals of the late 1990s, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 establishes new standards of conduct regarding the maintenance and preservation of electronic and paper records as well as the behavior and accountability of corporate executives, auditors, and employees. In regard to IT departments specifically, the act requires changes to internal policies and procedures designed to promote greater levels of network security and ensure the integrity of all information contained on the network.

Leveraging the merits of open source architecture and customized engineered security, Guardian Digital's operating platform, EnGarde Secure Linux, and its accompanying suite of applications provide the secure infrastructure companies need to be Sarbanes-Oxley compliant. The company's "Compliance-Readiness Initiative" will help network administrators better understand where their security vulnerabilities lie via a comprehensive assessment with a qualified Guardian Digital security engineer.

"Sarbanes-Oxley compliance needs are as distinct as the organizations themselves, so understanding where potential network and security vulnerabilities lie can be a pain-staking process," said Dave Wreski, CEO of Guardian Digital. "Security has been Guardian Digital's primary focus from day one so our security engineers are adept at identifying such vulnerabilities quickly. We view the "Compliance-Readiness Initiative" as a great opportunity for companies to effectively gauge their level of preparedness to meet the strict compliance requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley without extensive investment of their IT resources."

Companies seeking to take advantage of the free compliance readiness network assessment should contact Guardian Digital's corporate offices at 1-888-GD-LINUX (888-435-4689) and ask to speak with a security engineer regarding the "Compliance Readiness Initiative." The company is also making available a technical white paper detailing the specific network security requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley and recommending how companies can achieve compliance in a timely and cost-effective manner. The white paper can be downloaded from the company's website at

Nicole Pearson
Corporate Communications
Guardian Digital, Inc.

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