SSH Communications Security Corp Partners With nCipher To Ensure Enterprises And Service Providers Safe Storage Of Private Keys

Strong and easily manageable PKI solution for CA’s to safeguardcertificate signing keys

HELSINKI, FINLAND – October 1, 2002 – SSH Communications Security(HEX:SSH1V), a world-leading developer of Internet securitysolutions, today announced a technology partnership agreement withnCipher plc (LSE:NCH), a leading provider of cryptographic ITsecurity solutions to enable SSH Certifier customers to satisfyindustry best practices by adopting the Federal InformationProcessing Standards (FIPS) 140 for cryptographic key management.

SSH Certifier(TM) PKI solution has been integrated with nCipher’srange of Hardware Security Modules (HSMs). SSH Certifier PKI solutionand nCipher’s HSM product range will protect the integrity of thecertification authority’s private keys, enabling strong, securecreation of certificates. The integrated products are commerciallyavailable immediately.

“We are excited to work with an industry leader such as SSH inoffering our joint customers a scalable and manageable best of breedsecurity solution”, said Richard Moulds, Vice President of Marketingat nCipher. “Integrating SSH Certifier and nCipher’s HSM productscombine a strong private key storage environment with flexiblemanagement features to deliver enhanced levels of security and systemperformance. By establishing full interoperability, customers benefitfrom quicker deployment as new PKI services are brought on line.”

SSH Certifier and nCipher’s HSMs provide flexible, scalable and costeffective PKI deployment for enterprises and service providers. SSHCertifier’s Virtual CA concept and nCipher’s HSMs make it is possibleto host hundreds of certification authorities (CAs) on a singleplatform, lowering the cost of multi CA hosting services whileensuring the highest security possible.

“Corporations, institutions and service providers are facing agrowing demand to ensure that their certification authority’s privatekeys are protected from internal and external threats”, said TatuYl?¶nen, Chief Technology Officer of SSH Communications Security Corp.”Integrating SSH Certifier with nCipher’s HSM world class hardwareproducts will provide certification authorities a strong, reliableand manageable PKI solution.”

About SSH Certifier
SSH Certifier is an application software package for issuing andmanaging digital certificates in an enterprise or service providerenvironment. SSH Certifier is an ideal platform for hosting amanaged multi-CA service environment with strong authentication andidentification. SSH Certifier also features Web-based configurationtools, allowing network administrators to easily install and managedigital certificates from a central or remote location. SSH Certifieris an OPSEC Certified (Open Platform for Security) PKI solution.

About SSH Communications Security
SSH Communications Security, a world-leading supplier of Internetsecurity solutions, offers a broad range of award-winning productsdesigned to address the most critical security issues for businesses,financial institutions and governments worldwide. SSH’s award-winningremote access software, SSH Secure Shell, the de facto standard forsecure remote access and data transfer, and SSH Sentinel(TM), afeature-rich remote access VPN “smart” client are ideal solutions forsecuring wireline and wireless networks. The SSH Certifier(TM)product family provides a robust certification authority for flexibleand strong authentication through digital certificates and tokens. The market-leading, award-winning SSH IPSec family of toolkits forOEMs and software developers enables fast time-to-market and reducedin-house development costs. SSH’s customers include market leadersCompaq, Ericsson, Intel, Lucent Technologies, Nokia, RSA, and SunMicrosystems, among others. SSH is traded publicly on the HelsinkiExchanges under HEX:SSH1V. For more information, please

About nCipher
nCipher is redefining cryptographic security to protect points ofrisk across the enterprise-from network appliances to Web servers, tocustom software applications and back-end databases. nCipher provideshardware and software solutions that enable organizations toimplement best practice security by addressing the challenges ofcryptographic key management and performance. Many of the world’sleading organizations – from Microsoft and Barclays Bank toPricewaterhouseCoopers and the U.S. Navy – rely on nCipher to delivera sound e-security infrastructure. nCipher’s products areparticularly well suited to organizations with high volumes ofsecurity-sensitive transactions, such as banking and financialinstitutions, government departments, e-retailers and online serviceproviders. nCipher is listed on the London Stock Exchange as aTechMARK 100 company (LSE:NCH) with offices in Cambridge, UK; Boston,New York, Paris, Hamburg, and Tokyo. For more information onnCipher, visit

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