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Hong Kong Government Turns to Novell Nsure for Identity Management; Eighty-Five Percent of Government Departments Choose Novell Nsure From Among Four Leading Vendors to Power Identity Management Solution.

WALTHAM, Mass., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to provide better services to its 7 million citizens, the Hong Kong Government certified four vendors to provide identity management solutions to more than 100 of its departments. Novell today announced that 85 percent of these Government departments have selected Novell(R) Nsure(R) for their identity management solution.

Several identity management vendors were evaluated by Hong Kong's Central Cyber Government Office (CCGO), which is responsible for the planning and development of the IT infrastructure used by the Hong Kong Government to provide better services and support to its citizens and civil servants. With Hong Kong's large number of diverse government departments, the CCGO certified solutions from Novell, IBM, Sun and Computer Associates and allowed each department to evaluate and choose the one best suited to their needs.

Some of the key factors in the CCGO and individual agency's selection of Novell Nsure secure identity management solutions include Web-based single sign-on and the ability to provision user accounts across departments. Novell Nsure was selected because it was cost-effective and non-disruptive to the current systems and operations. Novell partners have also been successfully providing consulting and support services.

"With millions of citizens to serve, the Hong Kong Government had to find a secure solution that is scalable and works well with their existing infrastructure," said David Litwack, Novell senior vice president and general manager for Identity Services. "By drawing upon its long history of delivering identity management solutions for governments, Novell is helping the Hong Kong Government reduce complexity by integrating and managing identity information across different systems and enabling additional cost-saving solutions that leverage their identity information."

Novell Nsure secure identity management solutions provide the agile foundation that organizations need to respond swiftly and efficiently to change. With these sophisticated solutions, customers can deliver the right resources and information to the right people at the right time -- while also strengthening security, reducing IT costs and enhancing the user experience. For more information about Novell Nsure secure identity management solutions, please visit http://www.novell.com/nsure.

Novell Government Solutions help public sector organizations secure and integrate the information that flows through government systems while providing flexibility of choice, including open source technologies. Novell Government Solutions combine industry-leading technology and services with sector-specific expertise to provide governments with flexible, open and secure identity-driven solutions. To learn more about Novell government solutions, please visit http://www.novell.com/government.

About Novell

Novell, Inc. is a leading provider of information solutions that deliver secure identity management (Novell Nsure), Web application development (Novell exteNd(TM)) and cross-platform networking services (Novell Nterprise(TM)), all supported by strategic consulting and professional services (Novell Ngage(SM)). Active in the open source community with its Ximian(R) and SUSE(R) LINUX brands, Novell provides a full range of Linux products and services for the enterprise, from the desktop to the server. Novell's vision of one Net -- a world without information boundaries -- helps customers realize the value of their information securely and economically. For more information, call Novell's Customer Response Center at (888) 321-4CRC (4272) or visit http://www.novell.com/. Press should visit http://www.novell.com/pressroom.

Novell, Nsure and Ximian are registered trademarks; exteNd and Nterprise are trademarks; and Ngage is a service mark of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries. SUSE is a registered trademark of SUSE LINUX AG, a Novell business.

CONTACT: Rod Anderson of Novell, Inc., +1-801-861-3407, roanderson@novell.com

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