nCipher Announces Security Module Integration with Windows Server 2003

Woburn, MA — August 26, 2003 — nCipher plc (LSE:NCH), a leading provider of cryptographic IT security solutions, today announced integration with the recently launched Microsoft Windows Server 2003 operating system. nCipher’s industry-leading nShieldâ„? and nForceâ„? hardware security modules (HSMs) bolster the security provided by Windows Server 2003 and have achieved “Designed for Windows Server 2003′ status. nCipher was also recently accredited as a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner.

Windows Server 2003 builds on the proven reliability, scalability, and manageability of Windows 2000, the foundation for a large number of corporate networks worldwide. Customers who require sophisticated technologies can benefit by using Windows Server 2003 and nCipher’s cryptographic IT security solution. nCipher’s HSM product line is validated to the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS 140-2) – one of the most stringent standards in the IT security industry – and provides a tamper-resistant environment for the safe storage and management of the cryptographic keys used to secure Windows Server 2003 and .NET technologies.

“nCipher is taking a leading role in delivering hardware-based security that enhances and capitalizes on the breakthrough capabilities in Windows Server 2003 technology” said Michael Stephenson, lead product manager, Microsoft Corp. “nCipher’s security expertise and collaboration with Microsoft gives our joint customers the ability to develop and integrate systems that run more securely, and can be managed more efficiently”.

nCipher’s technology, which adds FIPS 140-2 Level 3 hardware security to Microsoft applications, is a powerful complement to the .NET environment security features.

“Windows Server 2003 takes Microsoft technology to the next level in enterprise computing, at a time when customers are demanding higher levels of security and performance while managing costs” said Richard Moulds, vice president marketing at nCipher. “Our ability to integrate with Windows Server 2003 and to protect and manage the private cryptographic keys plays an important role in satisfying this need. As these needs evolve and our customers expand their Web-based infrastructure, they can be assured their security investment is protected through field-proven integration of nCipher’s products with other Microsoft applications such ISA Server, IIS Web Server, and Exchange Server.”

About nCipher’s Hardware Security Modules
nShieldâ„? — a tamper resistant hardware security module that has been validated to the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Level 3, a benchmark that is frequently applied to secure systems. Combining secure key management, transaction acceleration, and tamper resistant physical hardening, nShield delivers high security, speed and scalability in a single package. nShield is well suited to a variety of security infrastructures, such as certificate authorities, online certificate validation services, database encryption and numerous custom applications.

nForceâ„? — provides secure and flexible key management facilities combined with powerful SSL acceleration. Targeted at online services requiring secure communications, nForce is the leading secure e-commerce accelerator available today.

About nCipher
nCipher is redefining cryptographic security to protect points of risk across the enterprise – from network appliances to Web servers, to custom software applications and back-end databases. nCipher provides hardware and software solutions that enable organizations to implement best practice security by addressing the challenges of cryptographic key management and performance. Many of the world’s leading organizations – from Microsoft and Barclays Bank to PricewaterhouseCoopers and the U.S. Navy – rely on nCipher to deliver a sound e-security infrastructure. nCipher’s products are particularly well suited to organizations with high volumes of security-sensitive transactions, such as banking and financial institutions, government departments, e-retailers and online service providers. nCipher is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:NCH) and is a member of the FTSE TechMARK and FTSE4Good indices with offices in Cambridge, UK; Boston, Seattle, Paris, Hamburg, Singapore and Tokyo. For more information on nCipher, visit www.ncipher.com.




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