Merilus Collaborates With RSA Security to Help Secure New Gatekeeper Product

Awarded RSA Secured SecurID-ready and RSA Secured RSA BSAFE-Enabled Certification

VANCOUVER, British Columbia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 17, 2001–Merilus, Inc., (OTCBB:MERH) a leader in digital security innovation, today announced that is has joined the RSA Security’s (Nasdaq:RSAS) RSA Secured(TM) Partner Program to support interoperability between Merilus GateKeeper(TM) products and RSA SecurID(R) authentication and RSA BSAFE(R) encryption technology.

As part of the program, the Merilus GateKeeper(TM) product has been awarded both the “RSA Secured RSA SecurID Ready” certification and “RSA Secured RSA BSAFE enabled” certification signaling its compatibility with RSA Security’s authentication and encryption software. The RSA Secured certification ensures that Merilus GateKeeper(TM) products are compatible with RSA Security’s market-leading security products and technologies.

Merilus GateKeeper(TM) is an authentication module for the Merilus Gateway Guardian(TM) Enterprise Edition and Merilus FireCard(TM) Plus security products. GateKeeper(TM) allows organizations to create user, group and time-specific firewall rules and access policies employing RSA Security’s two-factor authentication software for advanced user authentication. “We consider being an RSA Secured partner a significant achievement and are excited to be working with them,” said Dana Epp, CEO of Merilus, Inc. “RSA SecurID authentication and RSA BSAFE(R) encryption technology provides Merilus with powerful enhancements to the authentication process for all our products.

“We are pleased to welcome Merilus to the RSA Secured(TM) Partner Program,” said Robert Pritchard, Vice President of Corporate Partner Development at RSA Security. “Our strategic partner program is one of the most aggressive and successful in the industry and we look forward to working with Merilus to help deliver secure e-business.

About Merilus

Merilus, Inc. delivers intelligent products that simplify the process of digital security for organizations connecting to networks. The Merilus Firecard(TM) is the first and only firewall on a PCI Card currently on the market. The Gateway Guardian(TM) line of software provides firewall and virtual private networking solutions. Merilus products are designed for SME customers requiring secure network connectivity and all products are engineered to be easy-to-use and to provide powerful protection from unwanted digital intrusions. More information about Merilus security products can be found at

RSA Security

BSAFE, Keon, RSA and SecurID are registered trademarks, and The Most Trusted Name in e-Security is a trademark of RSA Security.

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