Cylink, Veridicom Team to Offer Unrivalled Smartcard Security for E-Business Using Fingerprint Authentication Thursday 30 November 2000 PDF Print Cylink's PrivateCard to be Offered With Veridicom's Compact Add-on Fingerprint Reader Cylink Corporation (NASDAQ: CYLK) today announced that it will offer Veridicom's fingerprint-based smartcard reader with Cylink's PrivateCard under a reseller's agreement that will allow the e-business security pioneer to deliver a new class of secure smartcards protected with fingerprint authentication for secure desktop and laptop e-business transactions. The new product combines PrivateCard, a highly advanced public key-based smartcard, with Veridicom's 5thSense Combo, a compact smartcard reader and fingerprint capture add-on peripheral for desktop and laptop PCs. With the combined solution, the user's fingerprint replaces a password or PIN to unlock the card: Veridicom's Match-On-Card algorithm will allow access to Privatecard only when users apply their fingerprint to the Combo Reader for authentication. And unlike similar systems that perform fingerprint matching in the personal computer, where stored fingerprints are vulnerable to alteration or theft, PrivateCard will perform the comparisons within the card itself using special software and an on-board microprocessor. "With the addition of Veridicom's fingerprint-authentication technology, PrivateCard gives Cylink customers a robust solution for biometric security and mobility," said William P. Crowell, Cylink's President and CEO. "PrivateCard already makes it impossible to read, alter or fabricate authentication information by keeping user-unique keys fully secure. Now it will do so with the added security of fingerprint authentication." "Veridicom's Match-on-Card technology is a significant technical breakthrough that will create a truly secure generation of smartcards and enable new applications," said Naeem Zafar, Veridicom's Vice President of Marketing and Sales. "We are very excited to be working with Cylink as we share their strategic focus to provide enhanced personal security to financial applications and e-commerce." The combined solution works like this: Veridicom's 5thSense Combo Reader and Imaging Suite Software capture a fingerprint image when a new user places his finger on the unit's sensor. The reader analyses the image quality, enhances the image and identifies a number of minutia points interconnected in a geometric pattern to create a digital fingerprint template. The image is then instantly erased, and the template is stored on PrivateCard. To authenticate the user for e-business transactions, all the sensitive matching operations are performed on the card itself: PrivateCard, using its own microprocessor and Veridicom's Match-on-Card technology, compares a live reading from a finger placed on the sensor with the fingerprint template embedded on PrivateCard to provide unrivalled security. If the data matches, the user is verified and the transaction authorised. About 5thSense Combo Personal Authentication Peripheral Veridicom's 5thSense Combo family is a new line of personal authentication peripherals for computer and network security. The 5thSense Combo Peripheral, a compact add-on device for desktop or laptop PCs, brings the security and convenience of fingerprint-based personal - authentication to a broad range of IT and e-commerce applications. The Combo Reader is offered in two versions: The USB version supports Windows 98 and 2000; the parallel port version Windows 95, 98 and 2000 and NT 4.0. About PrivateCard PrivateCard is an advanced public key-based smart card that holds user-unique keys, PINs and passwords, making it impossible to read, alter or fabricate authentication information. With PrivateCard, all parties involved in an electronic transaction are known and trusted. PrivateCard uses an on-board microprocessor and control program to protect the user's sensitive information. The user's digital signature public and private key pair are produced on the card, which also performs all signing and decryption operations. The user's private key, therefore, never leaves PrivateCard. About Veridicom Veridicom, Inc. is the leader in fingerprint-based technologies and services that enable trusted e-business transactions across networks, intranets and the Internet. The company's extremely accurate silicon fingerprint sensors and peripherals, advanced recognition algorithms, and authentication software allow users to conduct business on-line without fraud or fear. Veridicom's fingerprint sensors are being included in laptops, keyboards and mobile phones to provide secure authenticated access to the authorised users. For more information, visit the company's web site at http://www.veridicom.com About Cylink Corporation Cylink Corporation develops markets and supports a comprehensive family of secure e-business solutions. Founded in 1983, the company was the first created to market security solutions that protect communications with public key cryptography. Cylink and its wholly - more - Cylink Adds Fingerprint Authentication to Smartcard Security Page 4 owned subsidiaries serve Fortune 500 companies, multinational financial institutions, and government agencies worldwide. For more information, visit the company's web site at http://www.cylink.com Cylink is a registered trademark of Cylink Corp. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Note: Some of the matters discussed in this release include forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results could be materially different. Forward-looking statements include those concerning the successful creation of new products by combining Veridicom's and Cylink's technologies, their capabilities to enable new applications, and their market acceptance. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include delays in development, lack of customer orders, delays by suppliers, expiration or termination of Cylink's and Verdicom's agreement, the possible introduction of new technologies, and other risk factors listed from time to time in the company's SEC reports, including but not limited to the report of Form 10-K and the Annual Report to shareholders for the year ended December 31, 1999 and its reports on Forms 8-K and 10Q. 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