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The Northern Trust Company purchases P-Synch

April 30, 2002
Calgary, Canada

Multi-bank holding company to deploy P-Synch for all internal users.

M-Tech Mercury Information Technology, Inc. today announced that The Northern Trust Company has purchased an enterprise license for the P-Synch total password management system for all its internal users.

The Northern Trust Company chose P-Synch because of its extensive coverage and functionality including the transparent synchronization feature. They have also deployed the password self-service reset and help-desk reset features.

The company required a solution that could support a wide range of platforms including Windows NT, Windows 2000, ACF/2, AS/400, Tandem, Unix, AIX, SUN, Oracle, Sybase, and SQL among others.

"We were impressed by the ability of P-Synch to integrate with our systems, and the level of technical support clearly meets our needs," said Stephen Kells, Vice President of Northern Trust. "In addition, P-Synch was the ideal choice because of its powerful features, stability and scalability."

"We are very pleased to have been selected by Northern Trust for internal password management," said Idan Shoham, M-Tech Chief Information Technology Officer. "P-Synch is consistently selected by companies with leading I.T. infrastructure to streamline password management and reduce help desk call volume."

About Northern Trust

The Northern Trust Company is the principal subsidiary of Northern Trust Corporation (Nasdaq: NTRS), a multibank holding company headquartered in Chicago with a growing network of offices in 12 states, international offices in five countries and more than 9,500 employees worldwide. At March 31, 2002, Northern Trust Corporation's banking assets totaled $38 billion. Trust assets under administration were more than $1.7 trillion, and assets under management were more than $337 billion. Northern Trust has earned distinction as a leading provider of personal fiduciary, asset management, personal and private banking, and master trust/custody, global custody and treasury management services. For more information, visit www.northerntrust.com.

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