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Working Together, ActivCard, Netilla, and Kahuna Networks Offer
SSL VPN Access With the Enhanced Security of Multi-Factor
ActivCard® (NASDAQ: ACTI), a leading global provider of Secure
Digital Identity and Authentication solutions, and Netilla Networks,
a leading provider of SSL VPN and secure application access
management solutions, today announced that the Netherlands Ministry
of Transport, Public Works and Water Management has implemented their
combined solution for secure remote access. Working with leading
Dutch systems integrator Kahuna Networks, the Ministry selected the
Netilla Security Platform SSL VPN solution, ActivCard two-factor
authentication tokens and ActivPack AAA server software for
positive identification of remote access users to reap the benefits
-- Versatile end-user VPN access from any location or device via
SSL encryption embedded in standard web browsers -- to any
client/server, web, or file sharing resource.
-- Lower total cost of ownership of an SSL VPN solution protected
by one-time-passwords that avoid traditional IT expenses of software
installation,helpdesk services, password change policy enforcement,
and leased token replacement.
-- Increased security of strong authentication that eliminates
vulnerabilities of static passwords as the weakest link in the chain
of security -- and the risks from reusable passwords that are easily
hacked, guessed or stolen by unauthorized parties.
"From the beginning of our deployment, the enhanced security of
ActivCard one-time-passwords and the Netilla SSL VPN solution have
been simple to use," stated Geert Zimmermann, a consultant for the
Ministry's IT department. "Through a single web-based user interface,
our staff gains secure access to standard office applications and
network resources -- regardless of their location and without
installing client software. There was only one restraint in the
beginning and that was access to local drives during sessions.
Netilla solved that problem for us. As far as IT administrators are
concerned, they emphasize no longer having to manage the remote
clients for the now more than 200 satisfied customers."
Demands for responsive government and the productivity
improvements made possible by mobile computing led to the Dutch
Ministry's initial decision to invest in a secure remote access
solution. With over 2'500 employees and a breadth of responsibility
for safeguarding Netherlands' transportation and water supply
infrastructure for over 16 million citizens, Ministry employees
require access to networks and applications from any location.
Netilla's SSL VPN solution meets the need for streamlined connection
to those services while working offsite, traveling on official
matters, and for project management during evenings and weekends.
ActivCard's ActivPack one-time-password authentication delivers the
assurance that users are who they say they are prior to granting
access to business-critical data via the VPN. Kahuna Network
Solutions, a value-added reseller serving the Netherlands region,
integrated and deployed the Ministry's Netilla / ActivCard solution.
"Netilla provided a clear solution to address the Dutch Ministry's
requirements: to extend access to key business applications to
Ministry employees and authorized contacts around the world with the
simplicity of a Web browser, but with stringent security controls,"
said Bryan Bain, vice president of marketing and business development
at Netilla Networks. "Our collaboration with ActivCard employs strong
two-factor authentication to ensure that only authorized users have
access to this data."
"Netilla's support for ActivPack authentication is instrumental in
enabling 'trust-based' access to information," stated Ed MacBeth,
senior vice president of worldwide channels and business alliances at
ActivCard. "The Dutch Ministry's deployment has affirmed that
ActivCard perpetual license hardware tokens offer a clear benefit
over costly leased tokens which expire."
"After analyzing the Ministry's requirements for global browser-
based remote access to applications, combined with stringent
security, Kahuna took the lead in integrating ActivCard and Netilla
technologies to deliver a turnkey solution," said Rhett Oudkerk Pool,
CEO of Kahuna, based in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. "We're pleased
that the integrated solution we implemented not only met the needs of
the Dutch Ministry, but can also be rolled out to other customers
looking to deploy secure SSL-based VPNs."
ActivCard, www.activcard.com, is a leading global provider of
Secure Digital Identity and Authentication solutions for secure
remote access, secure sign-on and digital ID card solutions. Our
scalable systems and strong authentication solutions are trusted by
organizations -- from enterprise to governments around the world.
ActivCard IDM systems deliver maximum Return On Identity (ROI)
through increased security, reduced cost, and user convenience. The
modular product design allows our customers to add capabilities as
required, preserving their investment.
About Netilla Networks
Netilla Networks, Inc., www.netilla.com, is a leading global
provider of enterprise-class secure remote access solutions. The
Netilla family of SSL VPN appliances gives organizations the power to
make their mission-critical applications and resources instantly
available to employees and trusted partners anywhere via standard Web
browsers, while safeguarding internal networks. Compared to
traditional VPN technologies, the Netilla Security Platform is a
versatile, simple and quick-to-deploy solution that lowers the total
cost of remote access security management. Netilla's products are
available through a worldwide network of value-added resellers.
Kahuna supports organizations that wish to do business online via
the Internet. Kahuna Network Solutions develops and manages the fast,
secure, and 100% reliable infrastructure essential for online
business. Kahuna is the market leader in the Netherlands in the field
of managed security. Kahuna Business Solutions helps organizations
with the management of e-mail traffic and web self- service client
contacts via the Internet. Kahuna offers an extensive array of eCRM
solutions, based mostly upon Kana products. Kahuna differentiates
itself through the fact that it can also manage the delivered
solutions for the client (outsourcing). The client doesn't just buy a
complex technology but benefits from the application's
functionalities. Some of Kahuna's clients include Airmiles, @Home,
Belastingdienst (Dutch Tax Authority), The City of Eindhoven, IB-
Groep, KPN Callcenters, Ohra en Wehkamp. A recipient of the
prestigious ICT Company Award for 2002 and Most Innovative Reseller
Award For 2003, Kahuna is ranked #4 in the Deloitte & Touche Fast 50.
The statements in this press release that are not historical facts
are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties,
including risks associated with fluctuations in operating results,
our history of losses, the concentration of our customer base, our
reliance on strategic relationships, acquisitions and managing our
future growth, and other risks identified in our periodic filings
with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including
but not limited to those appearing under the caption "Risk Factors"
in our Quarterly Report on Form 10Q for the fiscal quarter ended on
June 30, 2003. Actual results, events and performance may differ
materially. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on
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hereof. ActivCard disclaims any intention or obligation to update or
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