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Security Dynamics to Incorporate VeriSign Certificate Authority Technology Into Enterprise Security Services.

BEDFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 8, 1997--

Will Help Companies Ensure Secure Access to Information

Throughout the Enterprise

Security Dynamics Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:SDTI), the leading provider of security solutions for remote access to enterprise networks, today announced that it intends to incorporate VeriSign Inc.'s Certificate Authority (CA) technology into its Enterprise Security Services (ESS) strategy. Announced in February, ESS is being designed to give companies enterprise-wide security solutions that help them conduct business securely, protect their corporate information assets, and facilitate electronic commerce. As a core element of ESS, VeriSign's CA technology will allow companies to create and manage the digital certificates that will enable new security applications such as secure messaging, secure access to applications, and business-to-business electronic commerce.

The addition of the VeriSign CA technology is another step in a series of moves by Security Dynamics to introduce products and form partnerships that will enable delivery of its ESS framework. In addition to certificate management, ESS will provide strong authentication using tokens and smartcards, as well as other encryption-based security services, such as key management, privilege management and enterprise-wide security administration. These services will help companies securely exploit the business opportunities presented by intranets, extranets and electronic commerce.

"We've chosen to partner with VeriSign, the industry leader in certificate technology," said Chuck Stuckey, president, chairman and CEO of Security Dynamics. "We understand the security challenges companies are facing today. With the combination of our strong authentication and encryption services, and VeriSign's industry-leading CA technology, we will provide customers with world-class security solutions that can be deployed with confidence."

"Security Dynamics has the proven technology, track record and premier customer base to deliver on the promise of enterprise-wide security solutions," said Stratton Sclavos, president and CEO of VeriSign. "As the market leader for digital authentication services, we view Security Dynamics' ESS strategy as a vital channel for delivering our award-winning technology to corporate customers."

A certificate authority acts as a trusted third party that issues digital certificates to individuals and organizations. These certificates can play several roles in enterprise security applications. They enable secure authentication by binding an RSA public key to an individual. They can help ensure that secure messages arrive unaltered. They support digital signatures, or non- repudiation, by acting as an electronic notary public. They can also be a means of issuing privileges to individuals to access selected networks and databases, creating the basis for a single sign-on solution.

With its ESS strategy, Security Dynamics intends to continue its support of industry standards - including X.509 certificates and LDAP-enabled directory services - that ensure interoperability with other certificate-based solutions. "VeriSign's leadership in certificate standards has garnered them widespread industry adoption and acceptance," said Dave Power, senior vice president of marketing and corporate development at Security Dynamics. "Our relationship with VeriSign will help us create an open platform that ensures interoperability with other security technology partners."

About VeriSign Inc.

VeriSign Inc. is the world's leading Internet Certification Authority, a trusted third party that authenticates, issues and manages digital certificates on the Internet. VeriSign's Digital IDs enable trusted electronic commerce by authenticating the individuals, organizations and content involved in an electronic transaction. VeriSign has issued its branded Digital IDs to nearly 20,000 Web sites and 1,000,000 individuals who use Netscape and Microsoft's Internet products. The company also is delivering customized Digital ID solutions to corporations worldwide including Novus Services, Toppan Printing and Visa International. VeriSign, headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., was founded in April 1995. The company, which is a spin-out of RSA Data Security, is privately held and has been funded by strategic industry partners, including Ameritech, AT&T, Cisco, Comcast, First Data, Gemplus, Intuit, Microsoft, Reuters, Security Dynamics, Softbank and Visa. For more information, please visit the VeriSign Web site at

About Security Dynamics

Security Dynamics is the leading provider of security solutions for remote access to enterprise networks. Security Dynamics' solutions help companies conduct business securely, protect corporate information assets and facilitate electronic commerce. Security Dynamics' products employ patent-protected SecurID token technology and ACE/Server software or hardware access control products to authenticate the identity of users accessing networked or standalone computing resources. With 1.7 million users in 1,700 companies, Security Dynamics is the world leader in two-factor user identification and authentication. RSA Data Security Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Security Dynamics, is the world's brand name for cryptography, with more than 80 million copies of RSA encryption and authentication technologies installed and in use worldwide. Security Dynamics and RSA can be found on the World Wide Web at and, respectively. -0-

SecurID and ACE/Server are registered trademarks and RSA SecurPC is a trademark of Security Dynamics Technologies, Inc. RSA Public Key Cryptosystem, AutoCrypt, RC4, and Emergency Access are trademarks of RSA Data Security, Inc. All other products and service names mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective owners.

Please note: this press release contains forward-looking statements relating to the incorporation of VeriSign's Certificate Authority technology into Security Dynamics' Enterprise Security Services strategy, and the expected benefits therefrom, and such statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are delays in product development, undetected software errors or bugs, competitive pressures, technical difficulties, market acceptance of RSA SecurPC 2.0, changes in customer requirements and government regulations, general economic conditions and the risk factors detailed from time to time in Security Dynamics' periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities Exchange Commission, including without limitation Security Dynamics' Registration statement on Form S-4 (File No. 333-7265) filed on June 28, 1996.

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