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IKAN and Assurity announce partner agreement

London, 23rd April 2002 - IKAN, the first company to offer a comprehensive
range of high-level business continuity and security consultancy services to
be re-sold through the UK channel, announced today a strategic partnership
with Assurity Europe, a leading supplier of disaster recovery services. The
partnership will enable Assurity to benefit from IKAN's complete range of
consultancy services in the Business Continuity arena, without the overhead
of managing and maintaining an elite consultancy group of their own.

Bryan Hall, Head of Sales at Assurity, commented, "We have worked hard to
build our reputation in this highly competitive industry. To maintain our
level of service we must seek out quality partners who share our values.
Assurity's relationship with IKAN will provide our customers with a one stop
shop for their entire business continuity planing needs. Working closely
together will ensure that we have a full understanding of our customers'
requirements and are able to provide a seamless service provision that is of
a consistently high-quality, whilst maintaining manageability and

In this reciprocal relationship, Assurity will be providing IKAN with the
skill sets necessary to compile comprehensive technical data documentation
to ensure a step-by-step system for restoring all electronic information is
available to clients at a moment's notice. Assurity is also able to manage
the entire recovery effort for those customers unable to resource such an

"In addition to our range of business continuity services, we will also be
providing Assurity's clients with Customer Awareness Training," said Martin
Roots, Business Development Director of IKAN. "Clearly marking out the
ground rules is one of the fundamental points to success in any relationship
and our training ensures that the customer understands all aspects of the
disaster recovery and business continuity process specific to their
environment. This includes the role that they would play and the expectation
that the client should have of the service provider. We have worked with
Assurity on many projects in the past and this seemed to be a natural
progression for our relationship."

Over the next few months Assurity and IKAN plan to stage a series of
seminars to educate businesses of all sizes on the benefits of Business
Continuity Strategies and the positive impact they can have within a
company. Most companies are aware of how a business continuity plan will
benefit their company, but many are still not prepared to set aside the
necessary resources to implement and, as importantly, test and manage
changes to the plan.

Notes to Editors

IKAN enables a network of trusted partners to provide business continuity,
operational risk management and information security services, solutions and
education to their customers.

IKAN provides partners with the ability, tools, methodologies and supporting
collateral to deliver peace of mind to their client's Board - from risk
evaluation, the implementation of security management systems, business
continuity and compliance to legal and financial regulation.

Assurity Europe Ltd is a leading provider of Business Continuity Services.

Assurity believes that IT systems should support the recovery of the whole
business and not focus solely on the systems themselves. Detailed planning,
testing and regular evaluation of equipment and procedures is at the heart
of the company's service.

Assurity Europe Ltd, 1-2 Prince's Court, Wapping Lane, London E1W 9DA
Tel: 020 7488 3344 Web:

Assurity Contact

Bryan Hall
Tel: 020 7488 3344 / 07939 204648

IKAN Contact

Sarah Carter
Tel: 07970 729068

IKAN Media Contact

Sara Claridge
Marylebone Media Relations
Tel: 01344 876558

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