TippingPoint, a leader in network security and a division of 3Com (NASDAQ: COMS), today announced the availability of the TippingPoint ® 1500S SSL Appliance. This new product provides hardware accelerated Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) offloading and bridging to enable proactive inspection of SSL encrypted traffic in next-generation data centers. The TippingPoint 1500S prevents encrypted attacks from compromising Web servers and Web applications and helps enterprises address compliance requirements without impacting network performance or availability. According to the Top Cyber Risks Report issued by the SANS Institute, TippingPoint and Qualys, Web application vulnerabilities and exploits account for more than 60 percent of the threats to large enterprises and next-generation data centers. In addition, the risk of not protecting critical information stored, processed or transmitted through the data center is pushing enterprises to turn to SSL encryption to ensure the privacy and security of their data and network traffic. The TippingPoint SSL Appliance, together with the TippingPoint IPS Platform, protects the entire attack surface of the data center including networking equipment, server operating systems, enterprise data center applications and Web applications. Extend Regulatory Compliance Efforts to Encrypted Network Traffic As organizations work to become compliant with legislation guidelines for the protection of networks and critical data, they must monitor and evaluate the security of their information and maximize the value of their information technology resources. As a key component of the TippingPoint network security solution suite, the TippingPoint 1500S enables multi-gigabit IPS inspection and automated network security policy enforcement of SSL encrypted flows without compromising enterprise or government-regulated compliance efforts. The TippingPoint 1500S also helps organizations meet the requirement that encrypted traffic used for privacy protection be fully inspected for malicious content. TippingPoint’s extensive reporting capabilities allow institutions to detail network security statistics for confidential data and sensitive internal services. This comprehensive approach to security ensures the integrity of critical information.