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Internationally Renowned Cryptography Expert Named CTO of Internet Appliance, Inc.

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FREMONT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 17, 2000

Internet Appliance Inc., the leading provider of multifunction Internet security appliances, today announced the appointment of internationally renowned cryptography expert Dr. Robert Deng as chief technology officer.

Deng is a director of the Kent Ridge Digital Labs in Singapore and has previously served on Internet Appliance's Advisory Board. Last November, the National University of Singapore named him Outstanding University Researcher for his contributions in developing a security system for e-commerce. Kent Ridge Digital Labs honored him in March 1999 with the KRDL Excellence Award for his achievements in secure distributed enterprises thrust, which came on the heels of his 1998 KRDL Achievement Award.

Deng holds nine patents and has produced more than 90 publications on information security, networking and digital communications. He has been in demand for the past several years by international conferences on information, computer and communications security as a program or advisory committee member.

As CTO, Deng will provide technical direction for the development and expansion of Internet Appliance's INTERNETpro family of VPN Appliances, which offer virtual private networking with state-of-the-art encryption technology combined with a wide range of WAN connectivity, firewall, URL blocking and filtering, web caching, web and mail servers and file/print server.

"As an award-winning scientist and principal member of KRDL, Robert brings a wealth of in-depth technical expertise in Internet security, cryptographic algorithms and protocols to our core products and his sterling track record will steer us into developing powerful, user-friendly secure Internet access products," said Gregory Hauw, president and CEO of Internet Appliance, Inc.

Deng has been winning honors since 1980 when he was awarded the first prize in the First All-University Physics Contest at the National University of Defense Technology, China. After graduating in 1981, he received his master's degree (1983) and Ph.D. (1985) from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He started his career as a research associate at University of Notre Dame in Indiana, then moved to the Institute of Systems Science as a research staff member in 1987.

"Backed by Robert and his technically sound advice, we are confident of boosting our strength to address the growing demand for secure Internet access solutions in mid-sized enterprises, remote offices of large corporations and small -- to medium-sized businesses," Hauw said.

About Internet Appliance

The concept of secure Internet access solutions packaged in a server appliance was pioneered by Internet Appliance Inc., The VPN Appliance Company(TM) and leading supplier of multifunction Internet security appliances. The company has created and trademarked a whole new market definition, VPN Appliance(TM), which is the combination of virtual private networking with state-of-the-art encryption technology, a wide selection of WAN connectivity and other key Internet applications such as firewall, URL blocking and filtering, web caching, web server, mail server and file/print services. Established in 1997, the company is headquartered in Fremont, Calif., with engineering labs located in Singapore. The company announced that it had secured $15 million in second round venture capital funding on April 7, 2000.

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