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This is a copy of the C2Net Press Release from 14 Jul 1997


OAKLAND, Calif., July 14 -- C2Net Software today announced its Stronghold(TM) secure web server now supports the nFast hardware cryptographic accelerator from nCipher Corporation Ltd. "Like Stronghold, the nFast accelerator is manufactured outside of the U.S., enabling us to offer our world-wide customers a simple, platform-independent way to speed up secure web server throughput," said C2Net Software president Sameer Parekh. "Many will find that Stronghold's terrific out-of-the-box performance is more than enough for their needs. If not, adding one or more nFast units is a fast, simple way to increase encryption performance as required."

"nCipher's nFast cryptographic accelerators enhance e-commerce and online transactions by speeding up the processing of crypto keys," said Alex van Someren, president of nCipher. "Using nFast together with the Stronghold web server gives customers throughout the world a quickly-scalable environment for conducting secure business on the Internet."

nCipher's nFast cryptographic accelerator interfaces via a standard SCSI2 interface, making it compatible with virtually any computer platform, and mounts within the space of a standard 3.5-inch disk drive bay. Each nFast accelerator can carry out approximately three hundred 1024-bit public key signings per second.

The Stronghold Web Server is an enhanced, secure, commercial version of the popular Apache server. Based on figures in a Netcraft survey (http://www.netcraft.com/survey/), Stronghold is the second most popular commercial server for UNIX and the second most popular for secure applications on the Internet.


nCipher Corporation Ltd. (http://www.ncipher.com/), an affiliate of the Newbridge Network Corporation (NYSE: NN), is a privately-owned developer of cryptographic technologies for securing server transactions, including both software and hardware cryptographic acceleration products. nCipher headquarters are located in Cambridge, England, with US offices in Andover, MA and in Santa Clara, CA.

C2Net Software, Inc. (http://www.c2.net/) is a leading provider of uncompromised network security software. Through its international offshore development programs, all C2Net products are exempt from U.S. government export restrictions, allowing the company to offer uncrippled, strong cryptography solutions to customers worldwide.