Network Giant Deploys SafeWord to Secure Network and Web Access

SAN JOSE, Calif., October 10, 2001 – Secure Computing Corporation (NASDAQ: SCUR), a leading provider of enterprise access control solutions, today announced that Alcatel (Paris: CGEP, NYSE: ALA), a world leader in the high-speed access and optical transport market, selected Secure’s SafeWord(tm) authentication and authorization solution to provide secure, remote-user access.

Alcatel, with its expertise in communications systems, its line of products and services as well as its strong global presence, is a major player in the area of telecommunications and the Internet.

“We considered several vendors in our search for an authentication solution to enhance our current network infrastructure and support our future e-business objectives,” said Mario Della Bruna, CTO of Alcanet International, Alcatel’s internal services group. “SafeWord provides Alcatel with a scalable solution using standards-based encryption technology to meet our growing network and web access control needs.”

Secure’s SafeWord solution meets today’s e-business challenges with the most advanced solutions for user authentication and access control. With strong authentication, SafeWord eliminates vulnerabilities associated with traditional, memorized passwords. SafeWord allows organizations to provide their remote users, including customers, vendors and business partners, with easy, efficient, yet controlled access to their Extranets.

Alcatel has deployed 30,000 SafeWord tokens and licenses worldwide and plans to implement Secure’s SafeWord PlusTM solution, with PKI for VPN and web access control in the near future.

“Alcatel’s desire to expand their network infrastructure to securely accommodate remote users, and eventually customers and partners, mirrors the migration offered with Secure’s SafeWord product family,” said Secure’s Andrew Philpott, vice president European Sales. “We offer a solution that enables organizations to rapidly grow their web and network access with the confidence that only the right people will cross their information boundaries.”

About Alcatel

Alcatel builds next-generation networks, delivering integrated end-to-end voice and data networking solutions to established and new carriers, as well as enterprises and consumers worldwide. With 110,000 employees and sales of US$ 29 billion (Euro31 billion) in 2000, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries. For more information please visit the Alcatel Web site at:

About Secure Computing

Headquartered in San Jose, CA, Secure Computing Corporation (NASDAQ: SCUR) is a leading provider of enterprise access control solutions. 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 delivery of SafeWord to Alcatel 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 delays in product development, undetected software errors or bugs, 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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