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Cigital CEO Testifies Before House Appropriations Subcommittee; Payne Calls for Stronger Trade Agreements.

DULLES, Va. -- At a Congressional hearing on protecting intellectual property rights, Jeffery Payne, president and CEO of Cigital, Inc., emphasized that technology is not the sole answer to protecting software from piracy or misuse. Cigital is the Software Risk Management solution provider that helps companies protect themselves from the business risks of software failure. Payne testified before the House Appropriation Committee's Commerce-Justice-State (CJS) Subcommittee and stressed that Congress must not mandate a technology solution to protect digital content at this time.

"The only thing worse than no standard is a bad standard, and at this point, no technology solution has been demonstrated through public scrutiny to be strong enough to warrant Congressional action," said Payne. "My belief is that the best means of thwarting professional piracy is to work to put in place trade agreements with countries such as China that are conditioned upon their acceptance of international copyright laws and associated enforcement procedures."

Testifying along with Payne were other business and association executive thought leaders from such organizations as AOL, Microsoft, the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America and the Business Software Alliance.

The field hearing was held on Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at George Washington University's Loudoun campus. Payne's full testimony can be found at http://www.cigital.com/news/iptestimony.pdf . The CJS Subcommittee is chaired by Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) and has jurisdiction over more than a dozen federal departments and agencies, including the Commerce Department, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

About Cigital

Headquartered in Northern Virginia, Cigital is a leading authority and industry visionary on Software Risk Management (SRM). Founded in 1992 on the simple, compelling premise that software must work, Cigital helps companies identify, analyze and reduce the risks of software failure, making their business operations and products more reliable, safe and secure. The Company delivers consulting services based on the Cigital Advantage(SM), a proprietary methodology for full lifecycle SRM that is grounded in research and proven in practice. The constant innovation of its world-renowned Cigital Labs keeps Cigital at the forefront of software development and deployment, helping to solve the problems that affect businesses today and anticipate and avoid potential future trouble spots. With additional offices in Boston and Los Angeles, Cigital helps companies get their software under control so they can take charge of their business operations. Learn more about Cigital on the Web at http://www.cigital.com/ .

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Contact: Jen Norman of Cigital, Inc., office: +1-703-404-5757, or jnorman@cigital.com

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