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HUGHES AND ICL TEAM TO BRING DEFENSE SECURITY TECHNOLOGY TO COMMERCIAL MARKET

HUGHES AND ICL TEAM TO BRING DEFENSE SECURITY TECHNOLOGY TO COMMERCIAL
 MARKET
 WASHINGTON, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- As the Cold War wanes, large companies with years of extensive experience in defense-oriented technology are finding unique ways to apply derivative technologies to the commercial sector.
 Hughes STX, (a wholly owned subsidiary of Hughes Aircraft) and the British computer giant ICL PLC (combined annual revenues of $11 billion) are two companies who are jointly putting their respective defense expertise and considerable resources behind some of the most bothersome problems facing the computer industry today.
 As more and more heterogeneous computer systems are interconnected throughout organizations, security and security management are all but nonexistent. With numbers of users ranging from the low hundreds to well over 50,000 sharing a common computer network, the enterprise- wide network becomes increasingly vulnerable to attack by hackers and potential industrial spies. The sheer size of the networks makes them almost impossible to manage -- especially with large numbers of remote dial-up users.
 Both Hughes and ICL have previously designed and built huge computer and communications networks for defense and government use. They have now committed their organizations to co-developing and marketing commercial versions of these security systems that will encompass all of the disparate pieces of an enterprise network. According to Hughes STX Vice President and General Manager Morgan Death, "Together ICL and Hughes have thousands of man-years of information security experience -- perhaps more than anyone else. We plan on leveraging that talent to develop solutions for which both government and non-government customers have been begging."
 ICL, with its headquarters in the United Kingdom, is a systems developer and manufacturer of computers ranging from their own PC to large mainframes and has extensive experience in the design and manufacture of secure computers and computer networks.
 According to Andrew Roberts, director of ICL's Mid Range (UNIX) Systems division, "We have technology and products which were originally developed for the British government defense market. The agreement with Hughes STX now enables us to make them available to the American defense community, and Hughes will assist us in tailoring them for the commercial market in North America."
 Networks present unforeseen challenges
 The huge computer networks inside of large companies often have dozens of different computer systems which need to work together; but once together, other challenges appear.
 "There are two huge problems with these massive networks that are growing up around us," commented Morgan Death of Hughes STX. "Large networks have become playgrounds for hackers and industrial spies. Hundreds of millions of dollars that we know of are being lost, and right now there isn't an off-the-shelf answer."
 But the issue is more than security alone. Systems are being underutilized, information isn't easily disseminated or made available to everyone who needs it, and tracking enterprise activity is a distant dream. The goal is seamless, transparent user access to all authorized resources in the typically application-rich enterprise-wide network.
 Death continues, "These are the same problems that the government and defense community has had for years. Networks are so large and so diverse that users have a difficult time navigating throughout their own computers. Every single customer we speak with wants a method of Single Log On plus security controls across their network. To them, that's the Holy Grail. To Hughes and ICL, it's not far off."
 Hughes STX, like its parent company Hughes Aircraft, specializes in large systems integration, or prime contracting, largely for Federal customers. As a prime contractor for thousands of projects, the Hughes organization is ideally suited to support the varied and unique needs of each enterprise network customer.
 Defense Technology Migration as a means of growth
 Products developed through Defense Technology Migration will come from both companies. Wayne Shelton, corporate vice president of Hughes Aircraft, said, "Hughes Corporate is 100 percent behind this endeavor and we are committing our resources to the task at hand. We have off-the-shelf technology that will be incorporated into our enterprise security products which will be coming out in the next 12-18 months."
 Last year ICL was awarded a $500 million contract for the supply of a network of secure, UNIX based office systems functioning at the B1 level of security. When fully deployed, the network will accommodate some 30,000 users in dozens of locations.
 While most of ICL's secure products are currently targeted at the highly sensitive and security aware defense market, Hughes and ICL are making an extensive commitment to bring similar technology to commercial customers sensitive to the integrity of their information. ICL already markets a secure network access product to commercial users of its UNIX System V Release 4 (SVR4) based range of multiuser mid range systems.
 About Hughes
 Hughes STX is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hughes Aircraft and specializes in information security and large scale custom integration projects for both


government and commercial customers.
 The Hughes STX Information Security Group leverages Hughes' vast expertise in systems integration and applies it to information security. The technical resources and experience that all divisions of Hughes have developed in largely defense oriented projects are now being migrated to the commercial market for more generalized product and service based solutions.
 Hughes STX offerings include a full range of Information Security products and service from Security Profiles, Penetration Analysis to 'Tempest' equipment. The new Hughes STX 'Stealth' masking devices make computers invisible to electromagnetic eavesdropping which along with secure networks and communications systems are integrated into complete enterprise-wide security architectures.
 About ICL
 ICL PLC is a leading European based information technology company with some 26,000 employees and operations in more than 70 countries. It has a successful strategy of growth through investment in research and development, partnerships and joint ventures. In 1991 ICL's revenue increased by 16 percent to U.K. 1876 million pounds sterling (US$ 3.3 billion).
 ICL Inc., of Irvine, Calif., is a major North American arm of ICL PLC. The group comprises several operations including the Advanced Development Group; ICL Federal Systems is based in Reston, Va.
 A technological leader and supplier of high-quality services and products, ICL was one of the first companies worldwide to have its entire range of products conforming to open standards.
 CONTACTS: Media -- Winn Schwartau of Hughes STX, Inter.Pact, 813-393-6600; or Anne Prine of ICL, 714-855-5505; Sales Inquiries -- Hughes STX, Information Security Group, 703-827-6600
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