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 GREENSBORO, N.C., and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T Federal Systems and Semaphore Communications Corporation have signed a comprehensive distribution, marketing and manufacturing agreement involving Semaphore's Network Security System (NSS).
 The NSS is a new generation of hardware and software products which combine to control access and protect data as it travels from source to destination over both local- and wide-area networks.
 Under terms of the agreement, AT&T Federal Systems' Custom Manufacturing Services will build the Semaphore-designed network security products at AT&T's new Falcon manufacturing facility near Greensboro, N.C., and AT&T's Greensboro-based Secure Communications products unit will market and distribute the NSS products.
 "This agreement is an important step for our manufacturing unit," said Carl Ashby, AT&T Federal Systems' operations vice president. "We were able to join forces in manufacturing and marketing to the benefit of both companies."
 "Both AT&T and Semaphore recognize that information stored on government and corporate enterprise networks is a key asset, and that increasingly sophisticated security systems are needed," said Ed Hickey, AT&T Federal Systems' vice president for Secure Communications Products. "We are teaming with Semaphore to provide affordable network security products and services to all levels of enterprise data communications markets worldwide, including PC- or workstation-based local area networks."
 The Semaphore NSS introduces new concepts that dramatically simplify network security management over enterprise networks. It is operating system and platform independent, which makes it flexible and cost- effective. The NSS is designed to operate with current and future wide area network topologies, including X.25, Frame Relay, ATM, and SMDS. DES and RSA algorithms are used to perform encryption and key management, though other algorithms can be used as demand changes.
 "The market is telling us that high-performance security solutions, with customized management options, will shortly become the standard of due care for securing enterprise networks," said Charles Hart, Semaphore's president and CEO. "We believe our products offer the highest level of performance and flexibility available, and that our alliance with AT&T Federal Systems will allow us to best reach our mutual customers with real solutions to their security requirements."
 Semaphore Communications Corporation, a Xerox company, is based in Santa Clara, Calif. Started in 1990 as Advanced Encryption Systems by a team of data communications security specialists, the company develops and markets the Network Security System, a new generation of end-to-end data transmission and access control products.
 AT&T Federal Systems, based in Greensboro, N.C., is a leading provider of customized secure communications and computing solutions for worldwide government and commercial markets.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Jones, AT&T Federal Systems, 919-279-6511; Bill Ferguson, Semaphore Communications Corp., 408-562-2165; or Mary Ann Galindo, Semaphore Communications Corp., 408-562-2457/
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