[ISN] IBM Signs Agreement With Hi/fn for Internet Security SW

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Date: Tue Oct 13 1998 - 15:52:32 PDT

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    IBM Signs License Agreement With Encryption Specialist Hi/fn for
    Internet Security Software
    08:16 a.m. Oct 12, 1998 Eastern
    LOS GATOS, Calif., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) has signed a
    license agreement to use Hi/fn's IPSECure(TM), a package of portable
    source code toolkits that implement Internet security protocols. Hi/fn
    specializes in compression and encryption technology for networking
    original equipment manufacturers. 
    "The Hi/fn implementation of the IPSec standards has undergone extensive
    interoperability trials with most major networking product vendors," says
    Gerry Young, IBM eNetwork Firewall Project Office Manager. "IPSECure will
    let us move faster in the Virtual Private Network (VPN) arena, mainly
    because we can introduce new products that adhere to agreed standards
    without undergoing a lengthy software development cycle." 
    IPSECure, coupled with a Hi/fn Encryption Processor(TM) for applications
    where faster throughput is required, helps manufacturers of networking
    products meet the growing demand for secure networks. The package consists
    of portable source code that makers of routers, access concentrators,
    switches and firewalls can easily and quickly apply to their products. 
    Corporate networks using costly leased lines can begin migrating to the
    Internet once the bandwidth and security issues are addressed by
    manufacturers of networking products. This new breed of networks comes
    under the general heading of virtual private networks, or VPNs. 
    Hi/fn vice president of marketing, Robert Monsour, is sanguine about the
    future of VPNs: "Corporate America is being lured to use the Internet to
    connect far-flung outposts, because the cost is only a fraction of
    conventional leased lines.  The only remaining obstacle -- safe routing of
    data over public lines -- has been crossed with a new class of products
    pioneered by Hi/fn." 
    IPSEC and ISAKMP (Internet Security Association and Key Management
    Protocol) are the two new Hi/fn toolkits that support the latest IETF
    specifications for the IPSec protocol, including the IP Payload
    Compression Protocol. Both are written in ANSI C for portability to a wide
    variety of embedded system environments, and have been tested for
    interoperability with the major network equipment vendors, including
    Cisco, Ascend and 3Com. An updated version with new hardware drivers will
    be released at Networld+Interop, October 21-23, Atlanta, GA. 
    The Hi/fn IPSECure Toolkits are available for licensing through a one-time
    payment which begins at $100,000 for use in a single product. 
    Hi/fn, Inc. of San Jose, California makes integrated circuits and software
    for manufacturers of computer networking products. Hi/fn's integrated
    compression-encryption technology is central to the growth of the
    Internet, helping to make electronic mail, web browsing and Internet
    shopping faster and more efficient. Nearly all network router
    manufacturers use Hi/fn's patented technology to improve data packet
    processing. Hi/fn is a majority owned subsidiary of Stac, Inc.  (Nasdaq:
    Founded in 1983, Stac(R), Inc. is known worldwide for its innovations in
    data compression. The company builds on these advancements to create
    high-performance, easy to deploy distributed business systems recovery
    software solutions for enterprise customers. Stac's Web site is
    For more information, contact: Hi/fn, Inc., 750 University Avenue, Los
    Gatos, CA 95032. Phone: 408-399-3500. Fax:  408-399-3501. Web:
    http://www.hifn.com. SOURCE Hi/fn, Inc. 
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