City Of Padova, Italy Selects Aladdin’s eToken Authentication Device For Secure Internet/Intranet Access

CHICAGO, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ — Aladdin Knowledge Systems (Nasdaq: ALDN) today announced the City Council of Padova, Italy has selected Aladdin’s eToken(TM) to provide city officials with secure file access and remote authentication for the Council’s sensitive data.

eToken, a USB-based authentication device that can be kept on a user’s key chain, ensures that only appropriate Padova officials gain access to network resources. Whether in the office, traveling or at home, city employees simply plug Aladdin’s eToken into their USB port and type in the eToken password. This two-factor authentication provides a high level of security without sacrificing convenience and ease of use.

“With each city official receiving their own eToken, Padova gains powerful security and piece of mind not attainable through our previous password-based solutions,” said Francesco Manzoni and Dr. Antonella Baraldi for the City of Padova. “Our users access sensitive information from different computers, hotels and their homes where technical support is not available. The eToken is simple enough for officials to use with confidence, yet totally secure. We no longer worry about people forgetting their user names or complaining about the time it takes to login. Now, everyone has a simple USB key that we trust to secure the services and data provided by a City Information System.”

“Thanks to eToken the officials of the City of Padova receive an easy to use and inexpensive network security and authentication solution,” said Giulio Camagni, president of Partner Data, Italian-based distributor for Aladdin Knowledge Systems. “eToken decreases the risk of valued information leaks and frees the user from the heavy task of remembering and changing numerous identification codes and passwords.”

Named 2001’s Best Security Hardware Solution by SC Magazine, eToken provides cost-effective smart card security without jeopardizing portability and designed for optimum convenience. eToken eliminates the need for the users to memorize multiple passwords when accessing the network from outside the office.

“We’re pleased to announce such a significant deployment of a USB-based network security solution,” said Leedor Agam, vice president of eBusiness and eToken solutions at Aladdin Knowledge Systems. “Aladdin’s eToken brings to JEA an easily implemented authentication solution capable of securing sensitive data while retaining personally controlled employee credentials. The combination of ease of use and powerful security positions eToken as the ideal authentication solution.”

About eToken(TM)

eToken, a USB device about the size of a normal house key, is the ultimate device for securing networks and e-Business platforms. It offers a fully portable and cost-effective means to authenticate users and to digitally sign sensitive business transactions.

Utilizing state of the art technology, eToken PRO offers advanced Smartcard functionality with a robust onboard cryptographic processor such as 1024-bit RSA, 3xDES, SHA1 and MD5. eToken PRO offers an unmatched level of physical and logical protection with its ITSEC LE4 Smartcard chip security accreditation. With its onboard 1024-bit RSA processor, eToken PRO is the ideal solution for PKI enabled applications. Since all operations, signing and PKI key generation are done on the token itself, sensitive data is kept away from the hostile environment of the PC.

eToken R2 offers simple yet robust 120bit DESX onboard security functionality as its underlying technology. Both the eToken PRO and the R2 offer enhanced physical features in their newly designed one-piece plastic housing, providing an unmatched tamper-evident and water-resistant container. Support for open, non-proprietary security standards such as Microsoft CAPI & PKCS11, makes integration with security applications quick and smooth. eToken’s innovative “Enterprise” solution set also offers out of the box “plug and play” connectivity for various security clients. Securing networks and eBusiness applications has never been as easy and intuitive.

Participation in the eToken Solution Partner Program offers companies who integrate with eToken or promote its implementation with streamlined technical support and joint sales and marketing opportunities. Additional information on the program can be obtained by e-mailing .

The City of Padova

The city of Padova is located 30 km west of Venice, Italy and has been a university town since 1221. The City is a commercial and industrial centre and is also an important centre for culture and the arts. The Municipality of Padova has a residential population of about 210,000 inhabitants with a weekday population of some 300,000 and covers an area of 93 square Km. Taking into account the residential towns surrounding the city the residential population for Padova and its hinterlands rises to more than 400,000. The Padova Municipality has been deeply committed with Information Technologies and their usage for supporting the governmental and administrative activities of a Local Public Administration.

About Aladdin Knowledge Systems

Aladdin (Nasdaq: ALDN) is a leader in digital security, providing solutions for software commerce and Internet security since 1985. Aladdin serves over 30,000 customers worldwide. Aladdin’s products include: the USB- based eToken device for user authentication and e-commerce security; the eSafe line of content security solutions that protect PCs and networks against malicious, inappropriate and nonproductive Internet-borne content; HASP and Hardlock, hardware-based software security systems that protect the revenues of developers; and Privilege, a software licensing and distribution platform. Visit Aladdin’s Web site at .

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