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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.

For further information please contact:

Ajay Nawathe

Brodeur Worldwide

Tel: +44 (0)1753 790700

Email: anawathe@uk.brodeur.com

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