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This is a copy of the C2Net Press Release from 12 Jan 1998

RSA Data Security Conference, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, January 12, 1998 -- C2Net Software today announced the first implementation of the Transport Layer Security (TLS) version 1.0 protocol, the new, standards-based replacement for the popular SSL protocol that provides communications privacy over the World Wide Web.

"We were the first commercial vendor to support HTTP/1.1, and we now are the first to support TLS/1.0," said Sameer Parekh, President of C2Net Software, Inc. "Many companies merely talk about standards compliance. We deliver."

The specification for the TLS protocol was developed under the auspices of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to allow client/server applications to communicate in a way that is designed to prevent eavesdropping, tampering, or message forgery. TLS is the open, standards-based replacement for the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol developed by Netscape Communications Corporation. Industry experts expect TLS to quickly replace SSL as the primary protocol used to encrypt real-time communication over the Internet.

C2Net has set up a Stronghold server at the company's offshore research facility so that other vendors developing products supporting the TLS standard may test for interoperability. This test server is available at http://tls.c2.net/.

A developer-release of SafePassage Web Proxy that supports TLS is available at http://www.eu.c2.net/tls-eval. This will enable all major web browsers to communicate with servers that implement the TLS standard.

C2Net Software, Inc. (http://www.c2.net/) is the leading provider of uncompromised network security software. Through its international offshore development programs, all C2Net products are exempt from U.S. government export restrictions, allowing the company to offer uncrippled, strong cryptography solutions to customers worldwide. Its Stronghold Web Server is currently the number one full-strength web server worldwide, according to a survey by Netcraft, Ltd.