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Management team strengthened by leading security specialist and dynamic senior directorship appointment

Cockfosters, Herts - 21st November 2000, Topsoft, a provider of token based computer security solutions, announced today that it has appointed Tom Parker, as Non-Executive Director and Ian Hale as Managing Director.

A foremost authority on the subjects of IT security and cryptography, Tom Parker is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and an ICL Fellow Emeritus; he will play an active role in advising Topsoft on product and marketing strategies. Ian Hale will be responsible for the launch of Topsoft’s new security solutions later this year whilst developing and expanding strategic partnerships in the channel.

Tom Parker graduated from Downing College Cambridge with a degree in Mathematics in 1963. After working for Ferranti and then Fisons, he joined ICL in 1971 to work on the early design and production of ICL’s proprietary VME Operating System. In 1978 he began specialising in computer security at ICL until he left the company in October 1999 to become an independent consultant. Tom has published a variety of technical papers on security, and has spoken at conferences and security seminars worldwide.

Ian Hale has worked with some of the world’s largest software vendors and distribution companies, developing successful business strategies and international partnerships. In 1994 he joined Dr Solomon’s Software to set up and manage its Corporate Sales team. He later played a key role in developing the company’s International business partnerships and increasing the overseas revenues to enable a NASDAQ IPO and the subsequent acquisition by Network Associates in 1998. Since then he has worked at board level with Trend Micro and Kaspersky Lab to establish UK and international VAR and OEM partnerships.

Peter Marchant, Chairman of Topsoft comments, "Protecting an organisation’s data assets is critical, as the use electronic communication and mobile computing increases, so do the threats against it. Topsoft has developed a range of leading edge solutions that will enable users to take full advantage of today’s technology without compromising security. The wealth of experience in the security marketplace that Tom and Ian bring to Topsoft will be an invaluable addition to our senior management team and our strategic plans for the future."

Notes to Editors

Topsoft Ltd develop and market a range of token based computer security solutions that enable users to leverage the power of electronic documentation and communication without compromising the security and integrity of the information held within. With investment from 3i plc, Topsoft have developed solutions that include second layer user authentication on Windows 2000 and NT and transparent cryptographic protection for sensitive files. Products are designed to offer exceptionally high security assurance and, where required in specific customer environments, individual components have been submitted for CAPS approval.

Topsoft’s products are installed at several major Government Departments including the Inland Revenue and many of the UK’s FTSE100 listed companies.

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