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NATO and MOD UK Tap Argus for Enhanced NT Security.

SAVOY, Ill., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Argus Systems Group, Inc., an international vendor of Internet security software products, announced today that agencies in both NATO and the UK Ministry of Defence will utilize Argus' Deep Purple to improve security in their Microsoft Windows NT platforms. Both organizations have purchased Deep Purple to provide automated security labeling and user access control within test environments at their respective agencies.

Deep Purple allows government, military, and corporate agencies to control user access to shared files based on a customizable security policy and user clearance levels. The product is tightly integrated with Windows NT Administrator services, as well as Microsoft Internet Explorer and MS Word 97. Future development plans will expand this integration to all applications within MS Office 97, as well as MS Exchange Server and the Outlook 98 Email Client.

The Deep Purple product was initially developed by the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) within the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence (MOD) as a proof of concept prototype called Purple Penelope. Argus licensed and further developed this technology into a viable and capable commercially-available product.

"This product is a shining example of a government-industry partnership. Deep Purple represents the best ideas in government IS security combined with the engineering and manufacturing efficiencies of industry," said Gene Bulla, vice president for government systems with Argus.

DERA itself has purchased the Deep Purple product for early testing at its Great Malvern, England facility. Robert Rankin, DERA's CIS Sector said, "Our initial perception of Deep Purple is very positive. We are examining closely its potential for our domain-based security concepts."

NATO has begun an evaluation of the product in an effort meet its recently documented requirement for discretionary labeling, one of several core capability security requirements. The NATO Consultation, Command, and Control Agency (NC3A) has purchased the product and is testing at the Den Hague facility in the Netherlands. Expanded testing is expected during Q4 1998.

Argus Systems Group, Inc., a privately held company headquartered in Savoy, Ill., offers a full suite of security solutions and applications. Argus is committed to providing state-of-the-art security solutions for emerging client-server environments. Argus supplies the only ITSEC certified trusted platform available to support multiple platforms, from desktop to mainframe, in a networked configuration. For more information about Argus Systems Group, visit the Company's web site at
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