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SurfControl CEO awarded for innovation and entrepreneurial flair

London, UK (4 March 2003) - SurfControl (London:SRF, Nasdaq Europe:SRFC),
the world's number one Web and e-mail filtering company, is pleased to
announce that Steve Purdham, Chief Executive Officer, was presented with the
award for public company technology CEO of the year at the UK Technology
Partnering and Investment Forum Awards Dinner held at the London Hilton
Metropole in London on 3rd March 2003.

Now in its 5th year, the awards honour those individuals and companies who
have demonstrated the innovation and entrepreneurial flair vital to the
health and growth of the industry in one of it's most challenging years. As
CEO of SurfControl, Steve has been instrumental in driving the continued
growth of the company and responsible for its rapid development from the
first launch of its web filtering software just over 4 years ago to its
world leading position, employing over 400 people with offices in 8
locations around the world. With the successful execution of this growth
strategy has come outstanding results, for example, last years 40% year on
year increase in revenues, and increased cash and profitability.

Commenting on the award, Mr. Purdham said, "I am delighted to accept this
award which is testament to the strength and quality of the teams at
SurfControl. Since our foundation we have grown to dominate the global
market for web and e-mail filtering taking increasing market share,
establishing a leading brand and global infrastructure. Based on our track
record I look forward to continued success as we take full advantage of this
rapidly expanding market as increasing numbers of organisations realise the
value of SurfControl software."

James Bennet, UK Technology Partnering and Investment Forum, commented, "In
a testing market environment SurfControl stands out as one of the leading
lights of the technology sector. The drive and vision of its CEO and his
influence on the company's success is clear evidence of how determined and
inspired leadership translates into corporate success."

This award follows hot on the heals of recent accolades, most recently being
ranked in the top 100 companies within the Deloitte & Touche European
Technology Fast 500 and being honoured as Company of the Year at the 2002
techMARK Awards.

For further information:

James Russell,


0118 989 5600

About SurfControl

SurfControl plc, the world's number one Web and e-mail filtering company, is
the only company in the security market offering a total content security
solution that combines Web and e-mail filtering technology with the
industry's largest, most accurate and relevant content database and adaptive
reasoning tools to automate content recognition. SurfControl is the leading
content security company in the secure content management market, which
analysts expect to reach nearly $5 billion by 2006.

SurfControl's Internet monitoring and policy management solutions are
flexible, scaleable and interoperable to meet the diverse needs of all its
markets -- corporate, education, home and OEM. SurfControl, which can be
installed in any network environment, offers a choice of platform
independent or integrated solutions. SurfControl has world-class partners,
including AT&T, Check Point, Cisco, IBM and Nokia, as well as a customer
base that includes many of the world's largest corporations. The company
offers the most sophisticated yet easy to use technology, the best
understanding of market needs and a global reach unmatched in the industry.
SurfControl has been recognized as one of the world's fastest growing
technology companies having been recently ranked in the top 100 companies
within the Deloitte & Touche European Technology Fast 500. SurfControl was
also honoured as Company of the Year at the 2002 techMARK Awards.

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James Russell


éclat Marketing

Tel: 0118 989 5605

Mob: 07879 842077

Fax: 0118 989 5656


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