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·Partnership delivers easy-to-use hosted encryption key security solution with roaming capability for online storage


·Fully encrypted secure web based storage solution HushDrive now available to Xdrive customers


·Combined capabilities provide much needed totally secure information management solutions for enterprises



Dublin, Ireland, 17 September 2001 – The Internet information management company Xdrive Technologies and leading managed security solutions provider Hush Communications today announced a partnership to deliver totally secure Internet information management solutions based on encryption technology. The partnership will enable enterprise customers to benefit from Xdrive’s easy-to-use file sharing and collaboration solutions, along with the reassurance of end-to-end secure delivery using Hush’s hosted encryption key pairs.


Encryption using PKI technology relies on easy access to a pair of keys (one public and one private) used for encrypting and decrypting data and for signing and verifying digital signatures. Using Hush Technology, where key pairs are hosted on the Hush Key Server Network, ensures that users have easy access to them through any Internet connected device, for totally secure information management.


Xdrive will use Hush’s low cost reliable outsourcing option for key pair management services to provide completely secure delivery for its online virtual storage and ‘push & action’ capabilities. This combination will enable users to locate, save, share and respond to Internet information in a completely secure environment from any connected device, such as a PC, mobile phone or PDA.


Hush will offer its personal and business users “HushDrive”, a service which will combine Xdrive’s Internet Information Management platform with seamless security from Hush. This will bring a new level of confidence and usability previously unavailable to information sharing communities.


“Xdrive has an excellent solution for online data storage with intelligent, ubiquitous access,” said Jon Matonis, President and CEO of Hush Communications. “Combining its solutions with our highly secure and mobile hosted encryption key pairs will create more productive, responsive and secure digital solutions for our combined customers.”


“Collaboration on crucial business documents such as contracts or terms of business using email attachments is no longer viable and courier services are no longer economical. At the same time, pervasive mobile computing and Internet access is exploding globally,” said David Longley, SVP of EMEA for Xdrive Technologies. “By combining the capabilities of Xdrive and Hush, we are perfectly poised to capture the developing Internet information management market with a totally secure solution.”


About Hush Communications


Hush Communications is the leading global provider of managed security solutions and encryption key-serving technology. It was awarded the maximum five stars for secure messaging product by Secure Computing Magazine, the Best Internet Security Freeware Award from Firewallguide.com and voted best Webmail service for travellers’ emails by Net Internet magazine. Hush distributes its solutions to the financial, medical and legal markets and to general portals and enterprises. These solutions include encryption products and management services in the secure communications industry for personal, SME and corporate enterprises.

The company's SDK (Software Development Kit) allows other Web-based infrastructure companies and application providers to design product and service offerings that utilise the Hush Key Server Network.

Hush has strategic alliances with NetNation Communications (www.netnation.com) (Nasdaq:NNCI), Security Portal (www.securityportal.com) and Worldport Communications (www.wrdp.com) (WRDP.OB).


Hush Communications Corporation is incorporated in the USA, with operating subsidiaries in Ireland, Canada and the British West Indies. Hush is the provider of HushMail and HushMail Private Label, the worldwide standards in secure messaging.

For more information, visit the corporate site at http://www.hush.com



About Xdrive Technologies


Xdrive Technologies Inc. provides infrastructure software and services for Internet information management. Its products and services enable access, storage, sharing, and transactional management of information distributed via the Internet. A privately held company headquartered in Santa Monica in the US, Xdrive has recently opened offices in London, Berlin and Paris.

Strategic investors include SOFTBANK CORP., VERITAS Software, VeriSign, Inc., StorageNetworks, Inc., EMC Corporation, Network Appliance, Aether Systems, Mitsubishi Corporation, NEC Corporation, CNET Networks, Inc. and AOL/Time Warner. Financial investors include Goldman Sachs Group, Wit SoundView Ventures, Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown, Centre Partners, eCompanies-Evercore Venture Management (E2VM), Pacific Capital Group, David Bohnett's Baroda Ventures, Davis Companies, Amos Hostetter’s Pilot House Associates and J. & W. Seligman & Co. Inc.

For more information, visit http://www.xdrive.com


Company, product and service names may be registered trademarks, trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.


Press contact for Xdrive:

Nicola Farnell
C.I.T. Public Relations
Tel: +44 (0) 1908 542777
Email: nicola.farnell@citpr.com

http://www.citpr.com


Press Contact for Hush Communications:

Ciara Hudson
press@hushmail.com
+ 353 1 4357 831
http://www.hush.com






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