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TANDBERG Provides Highest Level of Embedded Encryption Security for Videoconferencing.

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-- U.S. Government-Approved AES Security Available on all TANDBERG

Products --

TANDBERG, a global provider of collaborative communication solutions and the first videoconferencing vendor to provide embedded standards-based encryption in its software, today further strengthened its commitment to addressing customers' security concerns. TANDBERG has long taken a leadership role in industry efforts to ensure the secure transmission of audio, video and electronic data during a videoconference on public networks. TANDBERG's new B5 software release provides customers with the highest level of available standards-based encryption across its entire portfolio of products. In the first quarter of 2003, this will include Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) security for multipoint videoconferencing on the TANDBERG MCU.

"As we grow the collaborative communication market, and more organizations are adopting videoconferencing as a business tool, we are seeing a growing concern and interest in the area of security," said Andrew Miller, vice-chairman and CEO of TANDBERG. "We have always led the way when it comes to standards-based security features, and continue to lead the industry with our support of AES. The AES standard is approved for United States Government use. Because of this federal government approval, many of our enterprise customers have also instituted AES as their internal standard. Our security strategy is to quickly deliver to market the highest available level of security - standards-based to ensure interoperability between systems, and embedded to ensure the best possible video and audio performance."

Customers' primary concerns related to videoconferencing security are to protect the content of their calls and to control access to their equipment. In order to protect the content of customers' calls, TANDBERG provides:
-- 56-bit DES embedded SecureConference(TF) encryption on IP and ISDN;

-- Optional 128-bit embedded SecureConference(TF) AES encryption on ISDN;

-- An appliance-based (non-PC) codec architecture, eliminating security issues associated with upload of presentation material.

In order to help customers control access to their equipment, TANDBERG provides:

-- Codec access control that allows disabling of FTP, HTTP, SNMP

and H.323;

-- "Do not Disturb" and conference password protection;

-- Password protection for system and information access.

TANDBERG encryption is embedded to avoid audio/video quality degradation and delays experienced with external, third party solutions. The embedded approach means that encryption is easily controlled by the administrator, is easy to install and is less expensive for customers.

Like all TANDBERG features, encryption is standards-based to ensure interoperability between systems. Unlike some other encryption solutions, there is no loss of functionality during an encrypted call. Both IP and ISDN calls between systems with the new software are automatically encrypted, without users having to activate the function or enter any encryption keys. Calls to systems without the encryption software will be unaffected.

For more information on TANDBERG security, please visit

TF - TANDBERG Firsts - indicates TANDBERG was first to introduce the feature to the videoconferencing market.


TANDBERG is a leading global provider of collaborative communication solutions. The company designs, develops and manufactures videoconferencing systems and video management software. TANDBERG's Architecture for the Collaborative-Communications Enterprise (ACE) - the industry's first solution architecture that embraces open standards, promotes multi-vendor interoperability, and leverages existing network infrastructure - allows customers to develop strategic, comprehensive and fully integrated Web, voice and video collaborative solutions. The Company provides sales, support and value-added services in more than 60 countries worldwide. With dual headquarters in New York and Norway, the Company has major offices in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Italy, Canada, China and Japan. TANDBERG is publicly traded on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker TAA.
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Date:Nov 4, 2002
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