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Solution worth in excess of one million pounds


Reading, Berks - 19th March 2002, HarrierZeuros, a division of Harrier Group(AIM:HRR), announced today that during the last twelve months it has
provided Co-operative Insurance Society (CIS) with a secure infrastructure
for its e-commerce venture, that will in time, enable CIS customers to view
their financial affairs online. In addition, HarrierZeuros has also provided a solution to enable CIS staff, secure remote access to corporate resources whilst on the move. The secure infrastructure, which is worth in excess of one million pounds so far, will enable CIS to offer its customers easy access to current information, confident in the knowledge that their personal data is protected.


CIS is a leading nationwide insurer with over 130 years' experience and has
a customer base in excess of 4.5 million. As well as life assurance and home and motor insurances, CIS range of services includes personal pensions,
mortgages, with-profits bonds, critical illness products, unit trusts and
ISAs. HarrierZeuros' solution has incorporated a wide variety of leading
edge technology to ensure security and integrity of CIS' data without
compromising scalability and flexibility, vital for any e-commerce solution. CIS' customers can already access "Motor Quote" and it is expected that ISA and Personal Stakeholder Pension accounts will be available online in the near future.


Jan Langham, responsible for the security of online information at CIS
comments, "To remain competitive and develop our e-commerce strategy we
required an online solution that would provide up-to-the-minute information
and be convenient and easy for our customers to use. However, we also
recognised that we could not afford to jeopardise our customers' trust in
CIS by failing to secure the solution properly. Security of our Customer's
information is the primary consideration CIS has when any business
initiative is undertaken within the organisation. We chose HarrierZeuros
because of their reputation, depth of knowledge and the secure infrastructure they proposed. Their track record of delivering projects on time and their flexible approach satisfied one of our major decision making factors. The new system has already assisted us in improving communication, efficiency and productivity throughout the company."


In addition to its online business, CIS has around 4,000 representatives
throughout the UK offering professional advice in customers' homes, tailored
to their individual requirements. HarrierZeuros' solution has provided CIS
agents with a secure means to dial directly into CIS network to gain access
to vital data from a remote location, assisting their customers to be well
informed when making important financial decisions. Technology included in the solution includes the strong authentication and authorisation of user access to specific applications and over a Virtual Private Network (VPN)
providing encryption of sensitive data between the office and the remote
user.



"This extensive project is an excellent example of security as a business
enabler," said David Cheesman, CEO of HarrierZeuros. "Today, too many
companies position security as an afterthought, a bolt-on solution that
often bears no resemblance to the system it is supposed to be securing. It
is refreshing to see companies such as CIS giving the protection of its data
precedence over the entire online solution."



About HarrierZeuros Ltd


HarrierZeuros Ltd offers an independent approach to technology led solutions
enabling its customers to leverage further productivity from their networks
and the data stored within them. The company's extensive range of Managed
Services also provides HarrierZeuros' customers with an effective way to
secure and protect their business critical data without the enormous
overheads of setting up and maintaining a suitable system.



HarrierZeuros Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Harrier Group plc (AIM:
HRR), the only UK listed secure managed services company that has been
providing major corporations with comprehensive network, security and
advanced data protection and management solutions since 1987.



HarrierZeuros' clients in the finance industry include: 3i, Prudential,
Friends Provident Life and Zurich Financial Services.



For further information please visit http://www.harrierzeuros.co.uk



Company Contact:


Sarah Carter
Harrier Group plc
Tel: 01256 760081
Email: sarah.carter@harrier.com


Media Contact:


Sara Claridge
Marylebone Media Relations
Tel: 01344 876558
Email: sara@marylebone.co.uk


Copies of this announcement will be available at HarrierZeuros' office
(Pacific House, Imperial Way, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 0TD) for collection
for a period of 14 days from the date of the announcement.



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