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Fortis, Inc. Purchases the P-Synch Password Management System

Calgary, Alberta
May 29, 2001

M-Tech Mercury Information Technology, Inc. today announced that Fortis, Inc., a financial services company that, through its operating companies and affiliates, has built leadership positions in a number of specialty insurance market segments in the U.S, purchased M-Tech's P-Synch product in December 2000 and is currently deploying the software to approximately 11,000 employees at company sites within the United States.

The software will manage passwords on NT, NetWare, Unix, CA-TopSecret, RACF, Lotus Notes, MS-SQL, Oracle, and Sybase; The Tivoli Problem Management system will also be integrated with P-Synch. M-Tech assisted with the mainframe installation, and will provide on-going support to Fortis, Inc. as required.

"This is a great product", noted Roger Falardeau, Senior Security Analyst with Fortis Inc. "We tested other products but P-Synch was the clear winner. We have been very impressed by the ease of the integration with our current systems."

"We are very pleased to have been selected by Fortis, Inc. for password management." said Idan Shoham, M-Tech's CTO. According to M-Tech's CEO, Gideon Shoham, "P-Synch's implementation at Fortis, Inc. illustrates the fact that a password management program will not only save time and money by virtually eliminating password-related problems, but will also protect and enhance existing network security."

About Fortis, Inc.

Fortis, Inc. is a financial services company that, through its operating companies and affiliates, has built leadership positions in a number of specialty insurance market segments in the U.S. The company has approximately $25 billion in assets under management. The companies of Fortis, Inc. are leading providers of individual, temporary and small group health insurance; group disability, life and dental insurance; preneed funeral insurance; credit related insurance products and services; and membership and extended service programs.

Fortis, Inc. is part of Fortis, an international financial services provider active in the fields of insurance, banking and investment. Fortis employs approximately 70,000 people worldwide and offers a broad range of financial services. In its home market, the Benelux countries, Fortis occupies a leading position and offers a broad range of financial services to individuals, companies and the public sector. Outside its home market, Fortis concentrates on selected market segments. At year-end 2000, Fortis had total assets in excess of $410 billion. As one of the world's largest financial services companies, Fortis ranks 26th on the Fortune 'Global 500' and 33rd on the Forbes 'World Super 50' (July 24, 2000).

Fortis' listed companies are Fortis (B) of Belgium and Fortis (NL) of the Netherlands.

About M-Tech

M-Tech is a computer security products company. The M-Tech identity management suite streamlines both password management and account provisioning, in addition to improving user self-service, and reducing user support costs. Hitachi ID Password Manager (formerly P-Synch) and Hitachi ID Identity Manager improve the security of network systems and lower their operating costs. The M-Tech client list includes top Fortune-500 companies such as Ford Motor Company, Sears Roebuck, AT&T Wireless, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and many more. For more information, please visit: Hitachi-ID.com

P-Synch supports strong authentication using a wide range of tokens, biometrics and an open architecture as well as inexpensive question-and-answer profiles. This makes it suitable for both corporate users and e-Commerce deployment.

Some of P-Synch's unique features include:

M-Tech is currently developing a line of complementary products that will manage login IDs and directories. ID-Synch, a system for simplifying multi-system user account management is currently available for beta testing.

For more information about P-Synch, visit Hitachi-ID.com/password-manager.