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ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS AWARDS $9.6 MILLION SECURITY SYSTEM CONTRACT TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BUSINESS

"Everyday Business Applications Using ARGUS Technology Will Eventually
 Be As Common As ATM Card," States Litronic President
 COSTA MESA, Calif., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- In one of the largest government contracts for network data security, the U.S. Army Corps of engineers selected Litronic Industries' ARGUS/300 System to provide encryption and electronic signature protection for their Financial Management installations worldwide. The value of the contract, which extends over a three-year period, is $9,600,000 and will support up to 100 new jobs at Litronic's Orange County, Calif., facility.
 "Development of the ARGUS technology will have widespread impact on the way future government and industry business is conducted," stated President Kris Shah. "ARGUS enables business transactions to be executed electronically with privacy and absolute identification of sender and receiver. The technology also prevents unauthorized use of business systems and eliminates cumbersome paperwork and avoids costly time lag.
 "Not only does this contract confirm the administration's commitment to California industry, but it represents the type of smart investment needed to optimize the way government and industry conduct business. Spending money to save money," Shah added.
 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington WV District, awarded Litronic the contract to provide over 20,000 ARGUS/300 computer security devices and Smart Cards for use with the Corps' Financial Management Systems (CEFMS). The CEFMS information security system consists of ARGUS/300 printed circuit boards embedded in Corps of Engineers computers to authenticate users, encrypt messages and electronically sign data transactions such as purchase orders, vouchers, contracts, etc. The ARGUS/300 uses a tamperproof plastic Smart Card as a "secure token" identifying and validating users of the system. Corps computers communicate with centralized data bases via a wide area network. Also on the CEFMS network are security management computer centers that distribute security material and maintain an audit trail of network activity.
 Litronic Industries is a private Orange County firm that, in addition to data security designs, produces multichip module, flexible circuits and TAB technology.
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 /CONTACT: Bob Gray, 714-545-6649, or Jim Prohaska, 703-960-8068, both of Litronic Industries/


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