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Expansion costs firewall firm

Trusted Information Systems posts a third-quarter loss as it tries to pump up expansion of its firewall security business.

Trusted Information Systems (TISX), which went public earlier this month, today posted a loss for the third quarter as the company pumped up worldwide expansion of its firewall security business.

Trusted reported a loss of $446,634, or 6 cents a share, for the period ending September 29, compared with net profits of $488,381 or 7 cents a share a year ago. Revenues, meanwhile, rose to $7.3 million for the quarter, up 49 percent from a year ago. The company pointed to its commercial business for its revenue growth.

During the year, Trusted Information opened a commercial division in Maryland to sell its Internet security products. The company's Gauntlet firewall-related products generated more revenues than what has been the bread-and-butter source of sales: U.S. government research contracts.

Earlier this month, Trusted launched an IPO that raised $41 million with the issuance of 3.4 million shares. The infusion of capital will help further the company's expansion.