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Attest's GASP PC Auditing Software Licensed by SPA for Anti-Piracy Actions.

SAN RAFAEL--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 26, 1996--GASP(r), a PC asset tracking auditing tool developed by Attest Systems, Inc., has been licensed by the Software Publishers Association (SPA) for use in the SPA's anti-piracy actions. GASP will be the standard for the SPA in their audits because it allows them to conduct a larger number of anti-piracy audits with greater ease, accuracy and legal enforceability.

Though many other auditing systems exist, including those offered by SPA, according to Peter Beruk, SPA's director of domestic anti-piracy, "We selected GASP to detect any attempt a user may make to disguise the programs on its computers to circumvent our audit process. With GASP's high degree of accuracy we are confident that we can find, with greater frequency, our members' software programs when we conduct computer audits."

GASP was built to dramatically reduce the time and effort needed to inventory the software and hardware on each computer, and to serve as legal evidence in a court of law. It currently can recognize over 6,000 software programs and it is continually updated as new programs and versions are released. GASP runs on stand-alone and networked PCs and Apple Macintosh computers.

To handle upwards of 1,000 calls monthly, the SPA required an efficient software program that produces accurate and easy-to- comprehend reports. "With GASP, we are able to deliver on all counts," said Herbert M. Gottlieb, president and chief executive officer of Attest Systems and a nationwide expert in software auditing who leads training courses for the SPA.

It addition to the SPA, GASP is used by the Business Software Alliance (BSA).

The Software Publishers Association, based in Washington, D.C., is the desktop software industry's principal international trade association. Its over 1,200 members account for 85 percent of the sales of the U.S. packaged software industry.

Attest Systems Inc., headquartered in San Rafael, Calif., is a leader in proactive PC auditing software. The company was recently selected from a pool of over 1,000 companies for inclusion in The Red Herring Guide to the Digital Universe. The guide profiles 250 companies that have proven themselves as "masters of the continually changing environment that characterizes the digital universe."

For more information about GASP, contact Attest Systems at (415) 491-7800 or via the World Wide Web at


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