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Smarty Smart Card Reader/Writer From Fischer International and Netscape Communicator Now Support PKCS #11.

NAPLES, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 13, 1997--

Smarty Provides Enhanced Security When Accessing Internet

Data with Netscape Communicator

Fischer International Systems Corporation announced today that Netscape(R) Communicator client software now supports smart card readers such as Fischer's Smarty Smart Card Reader/Writer, which looks like a 3.5 inch diskette, has a slot in the back that accepts a smart card, and fits into a personal computer's 3.5 inch floppy disk drive to access smart card information. Netscape Communicator's support of smart cards and hardware tokens like Smarty allows mobile users to more safely carry their digital certificates on a smart card when remotely accessing protected data on corporate networks or when sending and receiving encrypted electronic mail from remote locations. Smarty is enabled with industry-leading NetSign and CryptOS software from Litronic, Inc.

"Data security is the biggest obstacle to widespread electronic commerce on the Internet and on private Intranets," said Arthur C. Burton, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Fischer International. "The combination of a cryptographic smart card, the Smarty Smart Card Reader/Writer, Litronic NetSign and Netscape Communicator gives individuals and organizations enhanced protection for Internet-based electronic commerce."

Both Netscape Communicator and the Smarty Smart Card Reader/Writer support the RSA Labs Public Key Cryptography Standard (PKCS #11) which defines a standard token and smart card interface. "This enables users to immediately take advantage of Smarty through Netscape Communicator with no additional programming," said Burton.

"As a leader in Internet security technology, Netscape is making it even easier for Netscape Communicator users to access encrypted information from the network while on the road," said Taher Elgamal, chief scientist at Netscape. "In addition, broad industry support for PKCS #11 ensures that leading security vendors like Fischer International can deliver interoperable security solutions that work well with Netscape Communicator."

"Fischer's innovative and convenient smart card reader design coupled with Netscape Communicator and Litronic's software offer a formidable contender for shrink-wrapped security in the enterprise," said Eric Greenberg, Chief Operating Officer for Litronic.

About Smarty

Smarty, announced by Fischer International earlier this year, has recently been featured on CNN, Fox News, and CNN fn, as well as in numerous publications including BusinessWeek. Smarty is unique among smart card readers because it is the only one that works from the 3.5 inch drive which is standard in most PCs and laptops now in use worldwide. Smarty bridges the gap between smart cards and personal computers.

Smarty is being pilot tested and evaluated initially as part of financial applications for electronic banking transactions and general business for corporate network access control applications. Companies evaluating Smarty include most major banks, Visa, Mondex International (UK) and The Telia Group (Sweden). Smarty supports Schlumberger's Cryptoflex (TM) smart card for network security and smart cards from Gemplus.

Company Information

Fischer International Systems Corporation (FISC) develops, designs, markets, licenses and supports a family of enterprise-wide office automation and computer security hardware and software products. FISC sells and supports its products to a diverse international customer base. The company is headquartered in Naples, Florida and has offices in North America and Europe.

Netscape Communications Corporation is a leading provider of open software for linking people and information over enterprise networks and the Internet. The company offers a full line of clients, servers, development tools and commercial applications to create a complete platform for next-generation, live online applications. Traded on NASDAQ under the symbol "NSCP," Netscape Communications Corporation is based in Mountain View, California.

Litronic provides real world security solutions within a multiplatform, standards based framework through enterprise security middleware, software developer toolkits, supporting hardware and professional services. Litronic products and services seamlessly add smart card capabilities and integrate legacy security applications for the enterprise, U.S. government and banking and financial industries by supplying integration into SSL, S/MIME, Object Code Signing and FORTEZZA solutions. More information about Litronic can be found on the Internet at http://www.litronic.com -0-

Smarty is a trademark of Fischer International Systems Corporation.

Netscape, Netscape Navigator and the Netscape logo are registered trademarks of Netscape Communications Corporation in the United States and other countries. Other Netscape logos and Netscape product and service names are also trademarks of Netscape Communications Corporation, which may be registered in other countries.

Note to Editors: PKCS #11 has a pound sign (no. sign) between the PKCS and the number 11 which may not be accepted in all databases.

CONTACT: Fischer International Systems Corporation

Kathy Chamberlain

941-436-2678

kathy.chamberlain@fisc.com
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