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Rainbow Technologies and Datakey Collaborate On Future Rainbow iKey Products.

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 21, 1999--

Rainbow Technologies, Inc., (Nasdaq:RNBO), a leading provider of high-performance security solutions for the Internet and electronic commerce, and Datakey, Inc. (Nasdaq:DKEY), an international leader in smart card-based information security solutions, announced today they signed a joint partnership agreement to develop and build future generations of Rainbow's iKey USB-based personal authentication tokens.

Datakey will license its DKCCOS token operating system operating system (OS)

Software that controls the operation of a computer, directs the input and output of data, keeps track of files, and controls the processing of computer programs.
 and an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) The rebranding of equipment and selling it. The term initially referred to the company that made the products (the "original" manufacturer), but eventually became widely used to refer to the organization that buys the products and  version of its SignaSURE Cryptographic Interface Provider (CIP (1) (Common Isochronous Packet) The packet format used in time-based (real time) FireWire transmission. See FireWire, IEC 61883 and mLAN.

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) software to Rainbow. Datakey plans to integrate iKey tokens into its SignaSURE product line as an option in addition to the smart cards Example of widely used contactless smart cards are Hong Kong's Octopus card, Paris' Calypso/Navigo card and Lisbon' LisboaViva card, which predate the ISO/IEC 14443 standard. The following tables list smart cards used for public transportation and other electronic purse applications.  and smart keys currently available.

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 Rainbow's Chief Technology Officer, Shawn Abbott, Rainbow conducted an extensive evaluation of public-key cryptography public-key cryptography - public-key encryption  products in the market. "We selected Datakey's SignaSURE technology for its advanced capabilities and strong position in the rapidly emerging PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) A framework for creating a secure method for exchanging information based on public key cryptography. The foundation of a PKI is the certificate authority (CA), which issues digital certificates that authenticate the identity of  market. Rather than re-invent the wheel, we're combining Datakey's proven public-key cryptographic know-how with ours to develop future iKey models."

Rainbow's iKey enables secure access to networks, intranets, extranets, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and the Internet using a personal token, without the need for a smart card reader or other external device. Datakey's SignaSURE technology incorporates a proven public-key processor, token operating system and PKI middleware. This proven technology will enhance the capabilities of Rainbow's next generation iKey.

"Rainbow's iKey puts smart card and smart token technology into a portable, flexible and easy to implement form factor using the Universal Serial Bus See USB.

(hardware, standard) Universal Serial Bus - (USB) An external peripheral interface standard for communication between a computer and external peripherals over an inexpensive cable using biserial transmission.
 as the reader. Combining the technology of the SignaSURE family of token-based information security products with the iKey presents a robust and secure personal authentication solution," said Carl P. Boecher, president and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  of Datakey, Inc. "The iKey has tremendous business potential due to the cost savings resulting from its built-in reader. We expect sales of SignaSURE products with iKey tokens will grow to become a sizeable share of our market."

About Datakey's SignaSURE Information Security Products

Datakey, Inc. has developed the next step in the evolution of secure communications solutions -- the SignaSURE family of information security products that all use public-key cryptographic tokens for a higher level of security than just software alone. Token-based information security implements a two-level security scheme -- something that's owned (a hardware token) and something that is known (a password to activate the token) for a much stronger level of security than password-only solutions. All private-key functions are performed and digital credentials are stored on the token.

SignaSURE products range from plug-ins that add cryptographic tokens to software security to full enterprise-wide system solutions for user authentication See authentication.  and secure transmission and storage of information. Personal cryptographic tokens are available in a rugged key format that is carried on a key chain or the more common smart card format. Smart cards can have custom graphics, magnetic strips, and proximity technology. The companion reader/writer plugs into a computer (serial port, PCMCIA (Personal Computer Memory Card International Association, San Jose, CA, An international standards body and trade association that was founded in 1989 to establish a standard for connecting peripherals to portable computers. PCMCIA created the PC Card. See PC Card.  slot, disk drive) or can be integrated into the keyboard. And soon, SignaSURE products will be available with the iKey.

About Rainbow's iKey

The iKey is IPSec/IKE compatible and is inserted directly into the USB port A USB socket on a computer or peripheral device into which a USB cable is plugged. See USB.  of a computer, eliminating the need to have a separate, expensive reader attached or integrated into the system. This solution is well suited for companies looking to deploy a low cost hardware-based authentication token to supplement or replace existing password-based schemes.

The iKey is ideal for secure e-mail, Web-based access control and VPNs. The iKey offers OEM providers of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), enterprise network solutions and large end-user enterprises a lower cost alternative for strong authentication. With the iKey, they can implement strong token-based, two-factor authentication utilizing X.509v3 certificates and LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) A protocol used to access a directory listing. LDAP support is implemented in Web browsers and e-mail programs, which can query an LDAP-compliant directory.  directories for authentication services.

About Datakey Inc.

Datakey, Inc. is a leading international provider of smart card-based information security systems and solutions. Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, the company offers a family of smart card-based information security and digital signature products under the SignaSURE umbrella. Using state-of-the-art cryptographic technology, these products fill growing market needs for secure, smart card-based user authentication and data privacy. Datakey's information security products play an integral role in any Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) system by providing dual-layer security - something that is owned (a smart card) and something that is known (a password).

Shares of Datakey's common stock are traded on Nasdaq under the symbol DKEY. You can find more information at You can view all Datakey press releases on the Web site, at or via fax by calling Company News On-Call at 1-800-758-5804, ext. 231950.

About Rainbow Technologies, Inc.

Founded in 1984, Rainbow Technologies is a leader in applying security-related technology to solve business needs. Rainbow applies its core technology to a variety of Internet applications - from securing software, to the acceleration of secure communication for e-commerce and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). Rainbow's products include secure Web server (1) A server on the Web that supports one or more of the major security protocols such as SSL, SHTTP and PCT. This means that order form data from your browser is encrypted before being sent (uploaded) to the Web site, making it extremely difficult for a third party to decipher  and VPN (Virtual Private Network) A private network that is configured within a public network (a carrier's network or the Internet) in order to take advantage of the economies of scale and management facilities of large networks.  acceleration boards, anti-piracy and Internet software distribution solutions, software metering and management tools, voice, data and satellite security systems, USB-based authentication tokens and smart card readers.

The company is headquartered in Irvine, California and maintains offices throughout the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, China, India, The Netherlands, Russia and Taiwan. A network of nearly 50 authorized distributors sell Rainbow products worldwide. For more information, visit our Web site at

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