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OpenNetwork Technologies, M-Tech Partner to Enhance Web Security and Password Management in Extranet Environments

Companies Integrate Security Software for Microsoft Windows 2000 Active Directory Users

CLEARWATER, Fla., and CALGARY, Alberta
September 26, 2001

OpenNetwork Technologies®, a developer of e-business security software, and M-Tech Mercury Information Technology Inc., the leader in enterprise password-management technology, today announced they have agreed to integrate OpenNetwork's DirectorySmart™ role-based Web access control security platform and M-Tech's P-Synch password-management solution to allow e-businesses to extend Web security and password management into extranet environments.

The integration enables e-businesses working with various systems to easily extend security management, password synchronization and reset capabilities across the enterprise into extranet environments. With the DirectorySmart/P-Synch combination, e-businesses relying on this solution can leverage their existing investments in Windows 2000 and reduce the cost of ownership of their Web access management systems.

"Forgotten passwords are not only one of the top-10 IT problems, they also pose a serious security risk," said Bob Worner, OpenNetwork's senior vice president of product engineering. "Through OpenNetwork's partnership with M-Tech, e-businesses using Microsoft Active Directory will get the highest levels of password management capabilities and comprehensive access control and delegated administration capabilities across their internal networks as well as outside to Internet-facing applications."

Idan Shoham, M-Tech's CTO, noted: "P-Synch and DirectorySmart have established a leadership position, successfully integrating Active Directory in extranet environments. Together, OpenNetwork and M-Tech will enable e-businesses to establish the highest levels of security while reducing their costs in heterogeneous environments."

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

About OpenNetwork Technologies

OpenNetwork Technologies develops, markets, and sells security infrastructure software to businesses with increasingly large numbers of online users. The company's flagship product, DirectorySmart™, is a proven platform for securing Web applications and defining, enforcing, and delegating e-business security policies across complex business relationships. By integrating role-based policy management, Web access control and delegated authority into one comprehensive and easy-to-deploy product, DirectorySmart enables companies to bring their e- business initiatives to market quickly and scale to millions of users with minimal incremental costs. Headquartered in Clearwater, Fla., OpenNetwork has offices across the United States and in Europe and partners with leading e-business service providers, including BEA, IBM, Microsoft, Vignette, iPlanet, and RSA. For more information about OpenNetwork Technologies and DirectorySmart, visit www.bmc.com, send an e-mail to info@opennetwork.com or call (877) 561-9500.

Contacts:

Yvette Sterbenk or David Schull   Candice Crain   Jamey Miles
Thorp & Company   OpenNetwork Technologies   M-Tech
305-446-2700   727-561-9500   1.403.233.0740
ysterbenk@thorpco.com   ccrain@opennetwork.com   jamey@Hitachi-ID.com
dschull@thorpco.com