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Jeanne Shepherd
Global Technology Associates, Inc.
(407) 380-0220

For Immediate Release

GTA Announces GNAT Box OS Version 3.5
GTA releases the latest version of its firewall system software

Orlando, FL - March 17, 2004 - Global Technology Associates, Inc. (GTA), a worldwide leader in cost-effective network security solutions, today announced the release of GNAT Box OS version 3.5. This latest version is now shipping pre-installed on GTA's family of appliance firewalls - GB-1500, GB-1200, GB-750, GB-500 and GB-200. GTA's recently announced software firewall, GB-Ware, also employs GNAT Box OS version 3.5. Additionally, GNAT Box OS version 3.5 is an available upgrade to GB-1000R firewall appliances.

GNAT Box OS version 3.5 contains numerous enhancements including: expanded user authentication options using RADIUS or LDAP, flexible traffic shaping, network bridging, support for dynamic DNS, IPSec VPN encryption support for 192 and 256 bit AES, and intelligent log message coalescing. Additionally, with GNAT Box OS version 3.5, GTA is upgrading its web content filtering solution, Surf Sentinel, to version 2.0.

"With each new GNAT Box OS release, we try to offer our customers an expanded feature set," said Paul Emerson, President of GTA. He continued to say, "This release coincides with our tenth year in the Internet security market and as in 1994 GTA continues to offer great value as the price/performance leader."

GNAT Box OS Version 3.5 is now shipping on new units in North American and Europe, and will be available in Asia soon thereafter. It will be available at no charge to customers with a GTA support contract or annual maintenance agreement, or who purchased a GTA firewall on or after January 10, 2004. Other users should contact their local GTA channel partner or email for information and pricing of upgrade options.

About Global Technology Associates, Inc.

Global Technology Associates, Inc., is a world leader in cost-effective network security solutions; its products include firewall/VPN appliances and firewall/VPN system software.  Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, the privately held company has since 1994 been the developer of firewalls that lead the market in price/performance.  GTA has international distribution partners in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia/Oceania.


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