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Inverness Introduces Comprehensive Content Monitoring

September 10, 2004

The USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20), one of two Navy Hospital ships, issued a three year contract to Inverness Technologies for hardware, software, maintenance and support to assist the ship in monitoring all TCP/IP network activity. The capability, based on Vericept's Intelligent Early Warning (VIEW) solutions will tackle two critical issues for hospital ships - the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule, and bandwidth constraints. Our Comprehensive Content Monitoring (CCM) solution will enable the COMFORT to monitor, capture, store, analyze, and report on all inappropriate TCP/IP traffic (Internet, intranet, e-mail, chat, FTP, telnet, instant messaging, and print jobs) to help identify potential HIPAA violations, (which after April 2005 will cost violators up to $250,000. per occurrence). The COMFORT also will use the state-of-the-art tool to help control valuable network bandwidth while at sea by identifying non-productive web browsing, which can slow the network down for those trying to get their jobs accomplished. CCM uses sophisticated linguistic and mathematical analysis technology to examine both content and context to identify potential inappropriate network traffic.

Thanks to Inverness, CCM is On Board!!

Inverness introduced this technology to the COMFORT's CIO, LCDR David Felton. LCDR Felton commented to Pete Peters, CEO of Inverness Technologies, Inc. after a capability test on board, that this was a tool well worth testing. LCDR Felton showed the results to his superiors after a month long test, and - since the tool provides valuable information to Commanders as well as Human Resource and HIPAA Compliance Managers - the reaction was to authorize the purchase as soon as possible.

Inverness, an innovative IT consulting firm, is a value-added partner of Vericept. In addition to hardware and software, Inverness will provide customization, training, and help-desk support to the COMFORT IT staff.

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