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US CUSTOMS USES WORLD'S LARGEST DATABASE TO MONITOR GOODS AND FOIL CRIMINALS; Extends Commitment To High- Performance Database And Implements Security By Hiring CA On-Site Experts.

ISLANDIA, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 7, 1995--Computer Associates, the world's leading business software company, today announced that the US Customs Service has extended its commitment to the world's largest database, using the CA-Datacom/DB high-performance database manager and CA-Top Secret security to monitor goods and use state of the art detection techniques to foil criminals trying to sneak contraband across US borders.

For the twelfth consecutive year, the US Customs has awarded a contract to CA's professional services team, adding database administrators (DBAs) and data analysts (DAs) who look at the business process in the agency and define how the system should reflect the business. The CA experts work with US Customs data center administrators to manage their two terabyte database, which is used in the agencies' mission--to stop illegal imports and exports, and to set-up collection of fees that are a major source of revenue for the government.

US Customs has also hired more CA experts to help in implementing CA-Top Secret for the critical task of enforcing tight control over access to the information stored in its database.

"Computer Associates has provided us both with the best product and people to assist us in automating border enforcement," said Bob Fake, chief of the US Customs data administration branch. "CA gave us both the horsepower and the expert personnel we need to manage and secure our very large database."

In a recent survey of Very Large Databases (VLDBs) in use worldwide, conducted by Database Programming and Design magazine and The Winter Group, the US Customs database was found to be the biggest on record.

With the high-speed data access of CA-Datacom/DB, and the expertise of the professional services team, the agency can track goods coming in and out of the country and efficiently support over 550 million database transactions a day. The agency currently processes up to 6,000 database requests in a single second.

Computer Associates International, Inc. (NYSE: CA), with headquarters in Islandia, N.Y., is the world leader in mission-critical business software. The company develops, licenses and supports more than 500 integrated products that include systems and database management, application development, manufacturing and financial applications. CA has 9,000 people in 130 offices in 36 countries and had revenue of $2.6 billion in its 1995 fiscal year. CA can be reached by visiting its homepage on the worldwide web (

The US Customs Service mission is to enforce the laws of more than forty agencies and to protect the revenue of the United States while facilitating trade. To accomplish this, US Customs clears millions of cargo shipments per year, collects more than $20 billion in revenue, processes more than 12 million formal entries of which 55 percent involve merchandise subject to quota or other trade programs, and monitors an average of 10 million annual export shipments. US Customs is also responsible for processing arriving and departing persons, baggage, cargo, conveyances and mail expeditiously. US Customs is also responsible for the interdiction and seizure of illegal narcotics, dangerous drugs and commercial importations that violate copyright and trademark statutes. -0- All referenced product names are trademarks of their respective companies.

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