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Motorola introduces 33.6 Kbps PC Card authentication modem.

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 15, 1996--

Combines Superior Network Security With Motorola's High Performance Modem Technology & Enhanced Cellular Connectivity

Motorola's Mobile Computing Products Division announced today the introduction of the SecureSURFR -- a multi-function PC Card that combines Motorola's industry-leading 33.6 modem technology with industry-leading authentication systems.

The SecureSURFR, the only hardware-based network authentication solution that offers the ease-of-use of a software token, utilizes authentication token technology compliant with Security Dynamics' Access Control Encryption (ACE) and Data Encryption Standard (DES) authentication servers. Designed for businesses that utilize two-factor authentication solutions to enhance the security of their existing network system, the SecureSURFR modem provides mobile professionals with cost-effective, access control security; simplified logon procedures; premium modem performance; and Performance Matched(TM) connectivity to Motorola cellular phones.

"As more workers extend the boundaries of their offices via remote access, unauthorized user access to computer and network resources has become a growing concern. Because unsecured modems attached to a network are a security risk, it is imperative that a company be able to properly limit, monitor, and control dial-in access," said Christine Cantarino, Director of Special PC Cards for the Mobile Computing Products Division. "At the same time, mobile users require high-performance modems for fast, convenient anytime/anywhere access to their corporate networks. The SecureSURFR fully addresses both these requirements as a single cost-effective PC Card."

Features Two-Factor Authentication for Multiple Authentication Servers

The SecureSURFR includes these key features:

- Automatic, Two-Factor Authentication: The modem automatically

detects a request for authentication, requests the user's

PIN number, and automatically responds to the remote host with the

corresponding authentication information. The modem is capable of

sending a Security Dynamics' randomly generated access code that

changes every 60 seconds, as well as a computed response using a

DES algorithm to a challenge from an ANSI X9.9 challenge/response

server such as Enigma Logic (Safeword(R)AS) and Assure Net Pathways

(Defender Security Server(TM)).

- Multiple Host Compatibility: The SecureSURFR performs

authentication with up to three Security Dynamics and three DES

hosts, and can be configured to automatically recognize the type of

system it is communicating with. The need for users to possess

multiple authentication devices is eliminated.

- Security Administrator Support: Configuration utilities enable

security administrators to select the host and authentication type

needed for the host they are calling.

Performance Matched(TM) Cellular Solutions

SecureSURFR is one of the first cellular-ready modems to receive MC2 Certification from Motorola's Cellular Subscriber Group, guaranteeing full, seamless integration with Motorola phones. For example, MC2 certification includes features such as auto-dialing, auto-answering and a cable detection feature that automatically reconfigures the modem for cellular operation. Many non-MC2 certified phones do not offer these features, making cellular connectivity difficult for end users.

"Cellular connectivity is quickly becoming a `checklist' feature for PC Card fax/modem products. We have been able to leverage Motorola's leadership position in cellular phones to develop and deliver the most innovative and technically superior cellular connectivity available today," states Cantarino.

In addition to providing mobile professionals with a fully integrated cellular solution, SecureSURFR also includes a variety of Performance Matched(TM) features for optimal cellular performance. For example, unlike many other cellular modems, SecureSURFR includes credit card "bong" detection, and Personal Identification Number (PIN) enabled remote-access systems. SecureSURFR also supports the (asterisk)DATA feature that allows access to cellular service providers' data modem pools for faster, more dependable transmissions. While many PC Card manufacturers only provide an interface to Motorola MicroTAC(TM) phones, SecureSURFR supports a wide variety of Motorola phones, including the popular Elite(TM), StarTAC(TM), and 3-watt mobile phones.

SecureSURFR is equipped with Enhanced Throughput Cellular (ETC) error correction protocol and is software upgradeable to ETC2 when it becomes available(1).

(1) North American version only.

Data/Fax Modem Features

In addition to leveraging many of Motorola's cellular technologies, Motorola PC Card modems also draw from a host of Motorola's industry patents and experience as a leading contributor to the V.34 modem standard.

SecureSURFER offers increased throughput with V.42bis/MNP5 data compression. Error correction via V.42/MNP2-4 specifications ensures the integrity of transferred data. Fax operation is at 14.4 Kbps, and is compatible with Group 3, Class 1 and 2 or 2.0 fax machines.

The SecureSURFR is Windows '95(TM), Windows NT(TM), and MAC-OS compatible. The package also includes a modem cable and a dual RJ-11 connector that allows a computer and telephone to share a single telephone line, eliminating cumbersome cable transfers between voice and data communications. The SecureSURFR, available in December directly from Motorola's Information Systems Group and reseller channels, will have a list price of $299.

Motorola is one of the world's leading providers of wireless communications, semiconductors, and advanced electronic systems, components, and services. Major equipment businesses include cellular telephone, two-way radio, paging and data communications, personal communications, automotive, defense and space electronics and computers. Motorola semiconductors power communication devices, computers and millions of other products. Motorola's 1995 sales were $27 billion.

Motorola is a registered trademark of Motorola, Inc. SecurID and ACE/Server are registered trademarks of Security Dynamics Technologies, Inc.

CONTACT: Motorola Mobile Computing Products Division

Jessica Chipkin, 847/538-3415
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