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...Authentify|Register Built on Scalable, Carrier-Grade NMS Platform...


Natural MicroSystems (NASDAQ: NMSS), the technology leader enabling a new era of communications, today announced that Authentify, Inc. is deploying Authentify|Register™, its state-of-the-art Internet identity authentication service, on NMS' Alliance Generation® (AG) 4000 voice platform. Authentify|Register seamlessly integrates with existing security, e-commerce and operational infrastructures enabling organizations to perform real-time, two-factor user authentication during an Internet session via standard Web browser and telephone line, thus providing a strong transaction audit trail and dramatically reducing Internet-related fraud.

Chicago-based Authentify is a leading provider of telephone-based identity management solutions, enabling organizations to defeat Internet fraud and increase user confidence in Internet transactions. The Authentify|Register service will take advantage of the carrier-grade density and price/performance provided by NMS' AG 4000, as well as the platform's robust interface to the public switched telephone network (PSTN) worldwide. Authentify is leveraging the high-density design of the 120-port AG 4000 to create a service that can scale to serve large numbers of users. NMS' Natural Access™ software development environment further reduces deployment time, with its straightforward application programming interface (API) that allows the Authentify|Register application to provide powerful telephony capabilities.

"NMS hardware and software platforms have delivered in every area that is critical to our needs," said Peter Tapling, president and CEO of Authentify. "Authentify|Register is designed to scale appropriately for businesses that are conducting high-volume Internet transactions for security credential management, transaction authorization and secure information access. NMS has provided us with the right tools to solve key business problems for our customers. We get the benefits of high-density capacity, a seamless network interface and tremendous extensibility domestically and internationally, because the AG 4000 is part of a very complete family of voice and data communications development platforms."

Authentify|Register provides an additional layer of security for online registration and transaction processes with an automated, real-time solution that quickly and cost-effective authenticates the individual behind the Internet transaction. An Internet session is synchronized with an automated, outbound telephone call. The user is required to make a keypad entry and a customized voice application is then recorded. A comprehensive audit trail is collected of the entire transaction for security purposes.

"The Authentify offering is a unique and compelling product. NMS' carrier-grade platforms offer unique advantages that allow Authentify to more rapidly deploy its breakthrough concept as an industrial-strength service that will benefit companies and consumers," said Will Yapp, NMS' director of business development for Network Services.

Protecting the security of Web-based transactions and information has become an urgent concern for companies as well as their customers. In August 2000, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission reported that identity theft complaints to its Identity Theft Hotline tripled in the preceding six months, in part due to rising Internet use. In the area of retail e-commerce, a survey conducted last year by Gartner Inc. found that 12 times more fraud occurs in Internet shopping transactions than in credit card transactions that take place in the physical world.

About Authentify

Authentify, Inc. provides Internet identity management products and services that enable organizations to quickly and cost-effectively provide real-time user authentication during an Internet session. By leveraging the familiarity of telephone networks, Authentify ensures that deployment of e-Security is practical for business and easy for consumers. The company's patent-pending process seamlessly integrates into existing online processes that have been developed for e-business, secure information access and the distribution of security credentials. The Authentify solution provides a trusted, real-time mechanism for the management of digital credentials and username/password systems for employees, trading partners and customers, while also ensuring the availability of a comprehensive audit trail. Authentify is privately held and based in Chicago, Illinois. Visit Authentify on the Web at http://www.authentify.com, or call 773-243-0300.

About Natural MicroSystems

Natural MicroSystems (NASDAQ: NMSS) is the trusted hardware, software and services partner to the world's leading networking and telecommunications suppliers. NMS provides the essential technology for voice Web services and voice portals; eCRM applications; IP media servers for next-generation enhanced services; packet voice and broadband access services, including voice over IP (VoIP), voice over DSL (VoDSL), and voice over fixed broadband wireless; and for guaranteed IP voice, video and data traffic performance.

Global communications leaders use NMS products and consulting services to get their solutions to market faster, and at lower costs. Visit NMS at http://www.nmss.com.


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