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• C-MI Labs Plc Distributor to sell DESlock+

Taunton, UK – 9th September 2008 – Data Encryption Systems Limited (DES), the UK-based leader in software copyright protection, data encryption, secure messaging and data storage solutions, has today announced that it has signed a deal with C-MI Labs Plc Distributor, a specialist online distributor of security technology. Under the agreement C-MI will distribute DES’s flagship encryption tool, DESlock+, to its UK reseller base.

David Tomlinson, Managing Director for DES, comments: “C-MI is the perfect partner for DES as the company is security focused and has a number of other products in its portfolio which compliment our offering. These include: Kaperskey, Applicure firewalls, Breach Security Inc, eSoft, Intelligent Censor, ZyXEL, and many more. Therefore resellers can take on a whole range of products, making it much more compelling. Additionally, as DESlock+ is the only encryption tool that C-MI is promoting we will benefit from the additional attention and will not have to compete internally for C-MI’s attention.”

The deal with C-MI is a significant move for DES as it continues its drive to shift from a direct sales model to become more channel focused and is a key step towards expanding the company’s channel presence in the UK. Tony Ross-Booker, DES’s new Business Development Manager continues: “C-MI Labs has some very experienced resellers, with the specialist technical knowhow to enable them to understand our offering and intelligently promote DESlock+. Many resellers have a preferred purchase route and existing channels that they work through. This deal will allow us to leverage these relationships to increase sales of DESlock+ and promote it in markets we would not have been able to reach otherwise.”

DESlock+ helps organisations to protect against ‘insider threat’ by offering simple, yet extremely powerful, encryption of documents, folders, disks and removable storage media, and computer systems. Today, DES has a wide spread user base and the potential for the product is enormous, as Neil Patmore, Channel Director for C-MI Labs, remarks:

“The demand for encryption products, such as DESlock+, has increased dramatically over the past year, and this is a trend that we predict will continue over the years to come. Data protection is a hot topic, with cases such as HMRC, and most recently the missing memory stick containing prisoner details and the computer sold on eBay, all working to highlight the need for better data security. Add to this the possibility of legislation demanding that sensitive information is encrypted and companies will have to start to take heed of their obligations to keep client information secure. Therefore the ability to supply encryption is therefore a valuable string to our bow.

We were particularly attracted to DES’s proposition as it takes a much more intelligent approach to data security through its method of granular encryption. By allowing users to encrypt the data, rather then the whole desktop (as many other products that focus on full disc encryption do) it gives customers greater control over their security and the ability to securely share and move data. This is an attractive offering for our resellers and provides them with a strong pitch when they are speaking to their customers. We can see this being a very mutually beneficial partnership.”

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About Data Encryption Systems (DES)

Since 1985, Data Encryption Systems has been the UK’s most successful manufacturer of software protection dongles, software copyright protection systems, and secure handset reprogramming accessories. Data Encryption Systems markets and supports products used by tens of thousands of businesses worldwide to protect applications, copyrighted materials, medical records, government files and other confidential and personal information. The company’s flagship product, DESlock+, has been awarded SC Magazine’s Best Buy for three successive years.

For further information:

Paula Elliott
C8 Consulting Ltd for Data Encryption Systems Ltd
Tel: +44 (0) 118 9001132

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