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$22 MILLION U.S. GOVERNMENT CONTRACT FOR 'SECURE NETWORK SERVER' AWARDED TO SECURE COMPUTING CORPORATION

 ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Secure Computing Corporation announced today it has been awarded a major development contract by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for the Secure Network Server (SNS) program. Total value of the contract, awarded in two parts, is $22.3 million. The SNS contract includes three phases of development over 36 months and will provide a family of "high assurance" guard and server computer security products. These products will feature the highest level of security protection yet called for by the federal government.
 Data security has become a prominent issue because it reaches across virtually all activities relating to information-sharing or network consolidation. The United States is regarded as the world leader in the development of advanced information security. The SNS contract is a major component in a broad initiative by the U.S. DoD to define an information security architecture for the 21st century. That initiative, called the Defense-wide Information Systems Security Program (DISSP), has been in the planning stages since mid-1990. Its purpose is to consolidate networks, saving large amounts of money. The government's study of advanced computer security concepts began more than 10 years ago, when it forged a partnership with key personnel who continue to comprise the core of Secure Computing Corporation's technical staff.
 "We are delighted at this latest display of confidence in our company by the U.S. government," said Kermit Beseke, president and CEO of Secure Computing. "SNS is a significant contract, critically important to our nation's future."
 He continued: "It's also a milestone in Secure Computing's continuing growth. It positions us firmly at the forefront of the rapidly emerging government INFOSEC (information security) market. It will also position us well as we begin to enter the large commercial market that is developing for computer security."
 The government's main objective with the SNS program is to provide cost savings by consolidating redundant system-high networks, while resolving urgent user-community requirements. Currently, government users do not have the ability to share various classifications of information in a cost-effective manner. Other stated objectives are to increase operational efficiency without compromising security, to provide the foundation for ongoing network security architecture, and to provide sensitive (classified) users with the computing, networking, and communications tools necessary to perform their jobs, without fear of compromise or loss of data.
 Secure Computing's technical staff includes nationally recognized experts in computer security. Its board of technical advisers has an extensive background within the DoD and intelligence community. Earl Boebert, Secure Computing's chief scientist, serves on DoD and Commerce Department computer security committees, helping to create specifications for the government in this field.
 "The demonstrated success of our LOCK(TM) technology, during the emergence of a steadily increasing security threat, has resulted in solutions that are now ready to be incorporated into products -- 'iron on the ground' -- which will protect information assets against the most advanced forms of attack," said Boebert.
 SNS program contract requirements call for a system to be capable of operating as a highly assured multi-level file server. System requirements include compatibility with the POSIX operating system (Unix-compatible), allowing for simplified porting of commercial applications to a highly assured platform; commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware; support for local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs) compatible with TCP/IP; encryption of all storage media and additional encryption capabilities in support of "Caneware" and "Security Applique," which are compatible with the Electronic Key Management System (EKMS); and a highly assured platform for trusted application software development, with compiler support for C.
 Products resulting from the SNS program are not expected to contribute to Secure Computing Corporation's sales revenues in 1993. The firm projects total company sales to increase by 70 percent in calendar year 1993 to approximately $9 million, primarily from software product sales, license fees, and R&D contracts with government agencies, commercial customers, and strategic partner firms.
 Secure Computing Corporation is a leading supplier of computer systems and software in the growing information security (INFOSEC) marketplace. Its primary customers to date have been agencies of the U.S. federal government. In late 1992, Secure Computing began marketing an access control software product called LOCKout(TM) to the U.S. Government and the commercial market. The company is based in Arden Hills, Minn. (a suburb of St. Paul) and currently employs 61 people. Previously a unit of Honeywell Inc., the firm was acquired by private investors in 1989.
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 /NOTE: Product or service names used within are trademarks of their respective owners/
 /CONTACT: Kevin Sorensen of Secure Computing Corporation, 612-482-7462 or (E-Mail) Sorenson at SCTC.COM; or Graeme Thickins of GT&A, 612-944-1672, for Secure Computing Corporation/


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