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M>Tunnel guarantees data transfer confidentiality

M>Wall prevents unauthorized access and controls outgoing user access

MATRAnet, a proven provider of online security and e-commerce solutions, has been selected by the Internet-based IT products supplier Wstore, to ensure the security of its French, UK, German and Swiss online stores, and to protect data exchanges with its business partners.

The WStore Group, whose mission is to allow business customers to purchase computer hardware and software confidently via the Internet, needed a totally secure e-commerce solution capable of supporting its Europe-wide development strategy.

Each WStore website relies on a permanent flow of information between WStore partners and the customer interface. WStore provides detailed information on the 10,000 or so products listed by its wholesaler partners. Cybersurfers can consult the technical features of products, check compatibility between different configurations, look up prices, promotional offers, product availability and obtain guidance for selection and comparison. Product availability is updated every half-hour and prices are updated every 24 hours. Net users place orders online and WStore guarantees delivery within 48 hours.

"We are delighted that our products have been selected by the e-retailer, WStore. This choice demonstrates that our solutions are tailored to e-commerce needs and provide the required level of flexibility," says Fabrice Bourdeix, Chief Executive Officer of MATRAnet.

MATRAnet tunneling and firewall, integrated solutions for totally secure transactions

- To secure and protect the data exchanged via its online stores, WStore opted for MATRAnet’s M>Tunnel solution, which provides robust encryption capabilities for Virtual Private Networks (VPN) over the Internet, rather than a frame relay solution, which offers limited flexibility and is more costly.

"We wanted a solution that could support changes to our partners’ architectures - M>Tunnel emerged as the clear winner," stresses Pierre Vesoul, Technology Director for Europe and in charge of IT strategy at WStore.

- The seamlessly integrated solution - encompassing tunneling and firewall - has been deployed in the four countries concerned: France, United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland. Operating under UNIX BSDI, the M>Wall 4.0 firewall, which protects WStore’s application servers and intranet, prevents unauthorized access via the Internet and also controls outgoing user access.

"Because they are fully integrated and modular, we are confident that MATRAnet’s solutions will be able to adapt to our changing needs as our business develops across Europe," adds Roland Tripard, WStore’s Marketing Director for Europe.

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About M>Tunnel

M>Tunnel comprises a standard (56-bit DES) or strong (168-bit triple-DES) encryption module. The level of security achieved by M>Tunnel lies not only in the powerful algorithms used for encryption, but also in the automatic and frequent renewal of session keys and its seamless integration with the M>Wall firewall. M>Tunnel is one of the first strong encryption products (triple-DES) to be approved by the French IT security standards body (SCSSI).

About M>Wall

M>Wall 4.0 inspects data not only at the IP packet-level, but also through application-level data streams using proxy servers that act as a go-between among users. This inspection software prevents any direct communication between the outside world and an intranet and vice-versa. M>Wall’s new graphical user interface, based on the Java programming language, gives users a clear picture of network security, even in complex configurations. To further simplify administration, the entire system can be managed remotely or locally from any dedicated administrative computer on the network. Auditing and reporting tools continuously monitor firewall activity and report alarms in real time.

About WStore

Created in February 1998 by IT distribution specialists Patrice Laureau and Christophe Mailliard, WStore has become the benchmark online supplier of IT products in less than a year. Posting 1999 earnings of FRF75 million ($10.4 million) and 107% growth in the last-quarter of 1999, WStore now covers 60% of Europe, following the opening of five subsidiaries that are today up and running in France, UK, Germany, Russia and Switzerland. With more than 6,000 business customers and no fewer than 175,000 hits per month, WStore has set itself ambitious growth and development objectives, and is resolutely committed to consolidating its achievements and geographic expansion, and developing its product offering.

MATRAnet: "A Human Touch for Electronic Business"

MATRAnet designs and markets a comprehensive range of software solutions aimed at the development of electronic business.

The "MATRAnet Security Framework", comprising:

M>Wall, a high security firewall,

M>WallCard for smartcard based authentication,

M>Tunnel for strong encryption, enables companies to build a trustworthy environment for managing the Internet Customer Life Cycle using:

M>WebTouch, the first customer service software package for websites,

M>WebRetail, the solution for building full-service, on-line storefronts,

M>Manager, the solution for managing user access rights on intranets/extranets,

M>Directory, the intranet/Internet directory access and management.

As a member of W3C (World Wide Web Consortium), MATRAnet guarantees that its solutions are 100% compatible with the Internet standards and, as a result, offer optimal performance. Based on an open architecture, all MATRAnet solutions are modular to allow for changing user requirements.

About MATRAnet

MATRAnet is a subsidiary of Aerospatiale Matra, part of European Aeronautical, Defence & Space Company (EADS). Result of the merger between Aerospatiale Matra and DaimlerChrysler Aerospace (DASA), EADS is the world’s third largest aerospace and defense company, and the European leader in civil aviation, helicopters, launch vehicles, satellites and missile systems.

Established in 1996 with its head office in Vélizy (France), MATRAnet has R&D centers both in France (for security software) and in the United States (for communication software). Its solutions have already been implemented by more than 200 major international customers.

For more information, go to www.matranet.com.

For further information, please contact:

HARVARD PUBLIC RELATIONS UK

Angela Bloor

+44 20 8759 0005

MATRAnet

Christophe Decaux

Marketing Manager Europe

+33 1 34 58 44 52

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