nCipher’s Hardware Security Module Designated with Entrust Ready Status

nCipher’s Industry-Leading nShieldâ„? Hardware Security Module Achieves Entrust Ready?” Status for Entrust Authority?” v. 6.0 software

Woburn, Mass., ¾ June 28, 2002— nCipher plc (LSE:NCH), a leading provider of cryptographic IT security solutions, today announced that nShield, nCipher’s industry-leading hardware security module (HSM), has been awarded Entrust Ready?” status for interoperability with Entrust Authorityâ„? 6.0 software, Entrust’s current enhanced Internet security software offering. This is the latest Entrust Ready status awarded to nCipher, and showcases the tight integration and ongoing commitment by nCipher to support Entrust’s industry-leading product portfolio.

Networks that adhere to best practice security measures are built using a wide range of encryption-based hardware and software tools, which need to interoperate seamlessly. By achieving Entrust Ready status, customers are able to combine nShield’s hardware-based, FIPS 140 Level 3 validated protection and management of cryptographic keys with the Entrust Authority software. Together, the two products provide a highly scalable and yet flexible security infrastructure.

nCipher’s technology enables organizations to establish a common framework to protect and manage cryptographic keys, which are the foundation for a wide range of security tools. Entrust Authority 6.0 enables the management of Internet security across capabilities such as identification and entitlements, across applications such as a Web portal and VPN, and across multiple platforms such as diverse operating systems and wireless devices. When combined with other Entrust and partner products, offers a solution that not only provides security to move critical applications online, but also provides the automated administration to do so with minimal time and effort.

“We are pleased to grant nShield Entrust Ready status for Entrust Authority 6.0 software,” said Mark Davis, chief marketing officer, Entrust. “Protecting the cryptographic keys that are the foundation of our enhanced Internet security tools is a critical element in achieving the high levels of security demanded by businesses and governments around the world. Consequently, nShield complements our technology.”

“We are pleased to have achieved interoperability status with the latest product from Entrust’s Authority software,” said Richard Moulds, vice president, marketing, nCipher. “The security of a network depends on individual security components and applications being tightly integrated. Not only does this integration help mange risk it also helps to reduce deployment cost and time to market for our mutual customers. Being awarded Entrust Ready status with Entrust Authority software, one of the most widely used enhanced Internet security solutions on the market, demonstrates our commitment to continue to work closely with Entrust.”

The Entrust Authority product portfolio is the backbone of Entrust’s enhanced Internet security offerings. It is an enabler of identification, entitlements, verification and privacy by providing security management to applications in a consistent, transparent and automated way.

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