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San Mateo, California - RSA Data Security, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Security Dynamics Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: SDTI), today established itself as a global provider of high-value security products and services by introducing BSAFE SSL-CTM, the company's first protocol-level toolkit for worldwide markets. BSAFE SSL-C is the first RSA product available outside the United States that supports key lengths of any size, and incorporates the full suite of RSA and other algorithms specified in SSL.

The BSAFE SSL-C product gives independent software vendors (ISVs) and enterprise developers around the world an integrated and tested package of components implementing both encryption and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol functions for building secure applications. This is designed to greatly reduce development times and costs, and for the first time gives companies creating SSL applications for deployment around the world a single source for their encryption and protocol component needs.

"Enterprise and ISV developers have worldwide security requirements, and RSA is committed to providing them the solutions they need for a worldwide market," said Scott Schnell, senior vice president of marketing for RSA and Security Dynamics Technologies, Inc. "By delivering a variety of security protocol components and PKI products that can be deployed around the world, RSA is helping customers participate safely and securely in the global marketplace."

The BSAFE SSL-C software product was developed overseas by RSA Data Security Australia Pty, Ltd., RSA's new Brisbane, Australia development center. It not only gives developers outside the U.S. access to the industry's most trusted encryption and security technology, but also makes it possible for U.S.-based enterprises and ISVs to offer products with strong encryption for global markets.

BSAFE SSL-C is based on SSLeay, an implementation of the Secure Sockets Layer encryption protocol developed by Australian cryptographers Eric Young and Tim Hudson. BSAFE SSL-C is backed by RSA's product development and support organization in Australia. Both Young and Hudson have joined RSA's newly formed Australian subsidiary, RSA Data Security Australia Pty, Ltd.

"RSA Australia now offers developers worldwide the opportunity to work with a commercial version of the SSLeay product, backed by RSA Australia technical support, documentation, testing, and continued product enhancement," said Eric Young, chief technical officer. "We're excited to be a part of this endeavor and look forward to future product offerings."


The BSAFE SSL-C security components give software developers everything they need to implement the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL v2 and v3) protocol, as well as the Transport Layer Security (TLS v1.0) protocol, for banking, financial services, Web publishing, government and other consumer and electronic commerce applications. Through these security components, new types of secure communications can also be explored, including embedding security in cell phones, pagers, and personal digital assistants. This is designed to allow developers to meet emerging security needs within many types of new devices and new markets.

BSAFE SSL-C has already received support from many of RSA's customers who participated in the early testing of the product, including Galileo International, Nortel, Celo Communications and the Australian Stock Exchange.

"After evaluating the encryption options available to us, we chose the BSAFE-SSL C product from RSA," said Gereon Fredrickson, director of application development, Galileo International. "Before BSAFE-SSL became available, we had to go to one vendor for the SSL protocol components and another for the underlying encryption algorithms, and then had to integrate them ourselves."

"BSAFE SSL-C provides everything we need already integrated from a single source, with a single license agreement, as well as the continuity of excellent product development, proven reliability and developer support. This product allowed our development team to implement SSL encryption support into our products in a timely, predictable manner."

RSA's BSAFE SSL includes extensive production quality sample code, API libraries, certificate authority components, a wide range of socket libraries, full user and API documentation plus other important features designed to help developers create secure SSL-enabled applications quickly and more cost-effectively. These include:

* A comprehensive packaged security component solution, including multiple versions of the SSL protocol, plus underlying RSA and other public key, message digests, and symmetric ciphers;

* Support for the most current versions of SSL, v2 and v3, plus TLS v1, assuring developers a high degree of interoperability in their products;

* Support for X.509 v1 and v3 digital certificates, with sample code, for server and client authentication and verification, ensuring interoperability with Netscape, Microsoft and VeriSign certificate schemes; and

* Support for popular operating systems and CPUs, including Windows, UNIX, Linux and others.

Pricing and Availability

BSAFE SSL-C is available now from RSA Australia. Contact RSA for pricing information.

About SSL

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is the Internet protocol for session-based encryption and authentication. SSL is a general-purpose protocol and provides a secure communications channel between two points, server authentication, and, optionally, client authentication. As a result, it prevents eavesdropping, tampering or message forgery in client-server applications. SSL is currently supported by all major Web browsers and servers, and is used by many industry-leading software and hardware companies to incorporate secure communications within their applications. Users of SSL include business, government and services development organizations, hardware device vendors, and ISVs.

RSA Data Security, Inc.

RSA Data Security, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Security Dynamics Technologies, Inc., is a leading supplier of software components that secure electronic data, with more than 400 million copies of RSA encryption and authentication technologies installed worldwide. RSA technologies are part of existing and proposed standards for the Internet and World Wide Web, ISO, ITU-T, ANSI, IEEE and are in use in business, financial and electronic commerce networks around the globe. RSA develops and markets platform- independent security components and related developer kits, and provides comprehensive cryptographic consulting services. RSA can be reached at; RSA Australia at

NOTE: BSAFE and BSAFE SSL-C are trademarks of RSA Data Security, Inc. All other product and brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

NOTE TO EDITORS: See related announcement, "RSA Provides Security Solutions to Worldwide Markets Through New Operation in Australia," issued on January 6, 1999.

SOURCE RSA Data Security

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