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nCipher, Adobe, GeoTrust Unveil Document Security Appliance

nCipher Classified Document Security Appliance (February 13, 2006)

nCipher plc (LSE:NCH), a leader in protecting critical enterprise data, today announces the availability of the Classified Document Security Appliance. Bringing together technology components from Adobe, Geotrust and nCipher, the appliance significantly simplifies the roll-out of strong document security.  The appliance provides central signing, time stamping and encryption capabilities whilst allowing any recipient to validate a documents authenticity and be assured its contents are unaltered, all without any manual intervention or software plug-ins.

Increasingly organisations seek to provide consumers with information and documentation in electronic format such as utility bills, invoices or bank statements. But as a result of high profile phishing attacks, spam and other spoof emails there is a natural concern by recipients that the document really does come from a trusted source, that the information has been kept secret and has not been changed en-route. While the concept of document assurance is nothing new, until now it has been complex to set up and costly to deploy, often making it prohibitive where the number of recipients are counted in millions.

The nCipher Classified Document Security Appliance is a convenient and cost effective, standalone appliance that incorporates Adobe® LiveCycle Document Security Server and GeoTrusts True Credentials for Adobe Acrobat with nCiphers tamper-resistant hardware security module to enable large volumes of Adobe PDF (Portable Document Format) files to be quickly signed on behalf of an organisation or an individual user and protected prior to electronic distribution typically via email.

The primary components of the system are as follows

? Adobe LiveCycle Document Security Server provides digital signature capabilities and encryption in a server environment. ? GeoTrust True Credentials® for Adobe Acrobat  -- Allows authors to create Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) documents that clearly certify to recipients that the authors identity has been verified by a trusted organisation and that the document has not been altered. ? nCipher Hardware Security Module (HSM) tamper resistant and FIPS 140-2 validated device to protect cryptographic keys, provide a trusted time source and secure and accelerate the document signing processes within the appliance

?In many circumstances the information being conveyed will be highly sensitive and fall under the scrutiny of various regulatory and compliance mandates that relate to privacy and other issues. As such it is important that organizations adopt industry best practices in deploying cryptographic security techniques, such as the use of HSMs, says Brain Spector, Business Development Director at nCipher. ?We are pleased to combine nCiphers hardware security technology together with that of Adobe and GeoTrust to deliver a solution that allows organizations and consumers to engage in secure and reliable electronic document exchange which is truly seamless and easy-to-use.

The nCipher Classified Document Security Appliance will be demonstrated at the RSA Conference, McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, 13-17 February 2006 on the following booths:  Adobe, booth # 1323, GeoTrust, booth # 1137 and nCipher, booth # 1807.

The nCipher Classified Document Security Appliance is available immediately from the following organizations: nCipher, GeoTrust, Four Point Solutions (a leading Adobe Solution Partner),

About Adobe Information Assurance Solutions
Adobe provides enterprise information assurance solutions that protect the confidentiality of information, ensure its authenticity and provide rights management capabilities inside and outside the firewall - from document creation through distribution, archival, and destruction.  For information on Adobes information assurance solutions and how they integrate with enterprise systems visit

About GeoTrust, Inc.
GeoTrust is a leader in identity verification and trust services for e-business, and the fastest growing Certificate Authority, according to market research firm Netcraft. Its products include web security services for secure e-commerce transactions, identity verification for consumers, managed security services for enterprises, digital signing for documents and computer code, and TrustWatch (, a free toolbar and search site that helps consumers recognize whether a site has been verified and is safe for the exchange of confidential information. With more than 100,000 companies worldwide using its technology for online security, GeoTrust has rapidly become the second largest digital certificate provider in the world. Visit for more information.

About nCipher
nCipher protects critical enterprise data for many of the world's most security-conscious organizations. Delivering solutions in the areas of identity management, data protection, enterprise key management and cryptographic hardware, nCipher enables businesses to identify who can access data, to protect data both in transit and at rest, and to comply with the growing number of security-related regulations. nCipher is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:NCH).

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