Secure Computing and Novell Partner to Provide Strong AAA Security for Industry-Leading Directory Service


Secure Computing’s SafeWord(tm) Agent for NMAS adds strong user

authentication to Novell’s NDS(R) eDirectory(tm)

Secure Computing Corporation (NASDAQ: SCUR) today announced a partnership with Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ: NOVL), the leading provider of Net services software, to extend strong AAA (Authentication, Authorization and Accounting) to Novell’s e-business solutions for access to network resources, data and information across the Internet. Secure Computing’s SafeWord(tm) Agent for NMAS interoperates with Novell(R) Modular Authentication Service (NMAS(tm)) to bring SafeWord’s strong user authentication and granular authorization to Novell NDS(R) eDirectory(tm), the industry’s most deployed directory service.

NMAS provides an extensible eDirectory authentication framework that allows organizations to customize a powerful security solution for their e-business enterprises. Secure’s SafeWord Agent for NMAS works hand-in-hand with NMAS’s “graded authentication” to provide SafeWord’s highly secure, two-factor authentication for access to applications, Web servers and network resources based on the user’s authentication method. With SafeWord, NMAS customers can extend user authentication beyond traditional, fixed passwords through the use of dynamic password tokens, smart cards, biometric authenticators or digital certificates, providing a highly secure, access control mechanism to meet their enterprise security needs. The SafeWord Agent for NMAS is Novell YES, Tested and Approved(tm) for proven interoperability with Novell products.

“As the barriers between internal and external networks continue to come down, creating a new one Net environment, organizations are demanding strong security measures that will protect critical data and business assets that reside on corporate networks,” said Gabriel Waters, NMAS product manager for Novell. “In that spirit, Secure Computing’s SafeWord addsan advanced level of user authentication to complement the strong, graded authentication capabilities of Novell Modular Authentication Service, delivering flexible, secure access control to e-business enterprises.”

Secure Computing’s SafeWord products deliver flexible and secure access control to positively identify users. SafeWord utilizes dynamic passwords that are used only once and then discarded, rendering password theft useless. SafeWord Plus’ powerful role-based access control provides fine-grained authority over who can access specific resources on your network. User self-enrollment allows users to enroll themselves based on pre-defined roles, saving administrative time otherwise needed to enroll individual users.

“Directory services, like Novell’s industry-leading eDirectory, allow organizations in today’s e-business world to centrally manage user access control,” said Chris Schwartzbauer, vice president of business development at Secure Computing. “Together with Novell, we can provide secure network access control to enable e-business enterprises to establish trusted relationships with their business partners, vendors and customers.”

About Secure Computing

Headquartered in San Jose, CA, Secure Computing Corporation (NASDAQ: SCUR) is a global leader in providing “safe, secure extranets for e-business(tm).” Secure Computing software products and services control access to applications and networks based on user authentication and authorization to market-leading VPNs, firewalls, Web servers and embedded devices. Secure Computing’s worldwide partners and customer base are counted among the Fortune 50 in financial services, healthcare, telecom, communications, manufacturing, technology and Internet service providers, as well as some of the largest agencies of the United States government. For more information, visit the Secure Computing Web site at

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This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to the anticipated relationship with Novell and the delivery of SafeWord’s strong user authentication and granular authorization to Novell NDS eDirectory product and the expected benefits of such relationship, and such statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are competitive pressures, technical difficulties, changes in customer requirements, general economic conditions and the risk factors detailed from time to time in Secure Computing’s periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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