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VeriSign Hires Internationally Recognized Security Expert to Help Drive Industry Standards

20-Year Industry Veteran, Warwick Ford, Joins VeriSign; Bolsters Company's
 Leadership Position in Certification Authority Market


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- VeriSign, Inc., the leading provider of digital authentication products and services for trusted electronic commerce, announced that Warwick Ford, B.E., M.E., Dip. Comp. Sc., Ph.D., has joined the company as Director of Advanced Technology. Ford's hire is a strategic step for VeriSign in strengthening its leadership position in the certification authority market. In this new role, Ford will be responsible for driving industry standards, strategic planning of technology and technical consulting for VeriSign clients. Ford will be based in VeriSign's East Coast operations facility in Cambridge, MA.

"Warwick is considered by many to be one of the world's pre-eminent authorities on public-key certificate technology and practices," said Stratton Sclavos, president and CEO of VeriSign. "Under his leadership, I am confident that VeriSign will continue to break new ground in the development and deployment of leading-edge services while, at the same time, cooperating with industry and government on the adoption of standards."

Previously, Ford was with Nortel Secure Networks as Senior Manager, Security Technology, where he led product planning and security architecture design for Nortel's Entrust cryptographic products. He has actively participated in standardization work in ISO/IEC, ITU, IETF and ANSI X9. As part of his work with standards bodies, he led the development of the X.509 Version 3 certificate standard in ISO/IEC/ITU and ANSI, and is co-chair of the Internet IETF public-key infrastructure (PKIX) working group. In addition, Ford has published and taught extensively, and is author of the 1994 Prentice-Hall book "Computer Communications Security: Principles, Standard Protocols and Techniques."

"The adoption of electronic commerce is largely dependent on putting in place the right security technology, infrastructure and practices. VeriSign has led the market in all those areas. I am excited to join VeriSign for the next challenge -- the creation and implementation of new PKI technologies, and support for emerging industry-wide standards. We will continue to build on VeriSign's leadership to accelerate electronic commerce worldwide," said Ford.

Ford has more than 20 years of experience in information technology, with specialized expertise in digital signature and public-key technologies, and has consulted extensively in the areas of computer network and telecommunications security.

VeriSign, Inc.

VeriSign, headquartered in Mountain View, CA, was founded in April 1995 as a spin-off of RSA Data Security. The company is the world's leading certificate authority, the trusted third party that authenticates, issues and manages Digital IDs' for customers. VeriSign Digital IDs enable trusted electronic commerce by authenticating the individuals, organizations and content that constitute an electronic transaction.

Since its founding, VeriSign has issued Digital IDs to more than 10,000 web sites, 400,000 individuals, and is delivering Digital IDs in conjunction with companies including Netscape, Microsoft, IBM, AOL and Visa.

VeriSign Products and Services

VeriSign delivers its digital authentication services through Public and Private Label Digital ID services. Public Digital IDs offer general Internet authentication for individuals, organizations and sites. VeriSign Private Label Digital ID services enable corporations to offer applications and market specific custom Digital IDs.

All products and services are based on VeriSign's Digital ID Center(SM), providing the technology, infrastructure and practices needed to perform trusted electronic commerce. The technology uses the strongest encryption and storage methods. Infrastructure consists of physical security, customer service and worldwide availability to meet customers' needs. VeriSign's Certification Practice Statement is a comprehensive document that establishes the legal infrastructure and operating metrics necessary to act as a trusted Certificate Authority on the Internet. For more information, contact VeriSign at 415-961-7500, or visit the VeriSign's Web site at http://www.verisign.com.

NOTE: VeriSign is a service mark and trade mark of VeriSign, Inc. Digital ID and Digital ID Center are service marks of VeriSign, Inc. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.

SOURCE VeriSign Inc.
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