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M-Tech Reaches “In Evaluation” Status for Common Criteria Certification (CCC)

Progression in Certification Denotes M-Tech's Commitment to Achieving the Highest Security Standards

Calgary, AB - July 7, 2005 - M-Tech Information Technology, Inc., a leading provider of identity management (IdM) solutions, today announced that its Hitachi ID Management Suite version 3 has advanced to the “In Evaluation” stage of Common Criteria Certification.

CCC is a suite of standards for security protection that was jointly created by the governments of developed countries to create a standardized certification that is currently accepted by 19 countries under the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA). A number of government and military organizations require that all vendors be certified under Common Criteria to ensure IT products and systems meet their stringent security requirements.

The Hitachi ID Management Suite version 3 is being tested according to the Canadian Scheme, Communications Security Establishment (CSE) (www.cse-cst.gc.ca). DOMUS IT Security Lab, a division of IBM located in Ottawa Ontario, (http://www.domusitsl.com/) is conducting CCC testing for M-Tech. DOMUS is a third-party standard testing facility comprised of IT security specialists.

Prior to reaching the “In Evaluation” stage, DOMUS IT Lab wrote the Security Target to identity which product functions would be tested and the feasibility of the Hitachi ID Management Suite achieving certification. A Security Target (ST) contains the requirements that the specific product or system under evaluation must conforms to. Once the ST was accepted by the Canadian Scheme CSE, M-Tech entered “In-Evaluation” status which means that testing can formally begin.

At the end of this process, the Hitachi ID Management Suite version 3 will be certified to Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 2 for CCC. Testing is expected to conclude this fall. By year end 2005, CSE is expected to complete its review of the results at which point M-Tech will have competed CCC (www.cse-cst.gc.ca).

"CCC gives M-Tech the opportunity to expand its international market by responding to government and military requests for proposals (RFPs) that explicitly stipulate CCC," says Gideon Shoham, M-Tech CEO. "For example, every IT security product purchased by the U.S. government for National Security Systems that handle classified information are required to be Common Criteria Certified under the National Security Telecommunications and Information Systems Security Policy #11 (NSTISSP #11)," adds Shoham (http://www.niap-ccevs.org/).

"Entering the “In Evaluation” stage of CCC is a significant milestone for any organization that wants to compete on a global scale," says Luc D Cousineau, DOMUS IT Security Lab. "M-Tech has been diligent in following the standards needed to complete this process and will subsequently increase its market share and create new growth opportunities," adds Cousineau.

M-Tech appears to be the first independent identity management software vendor to participate in a Common Criteria Certification process (www.cse-cst.gc.ca).

For information on the U.S. Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme please visit http://www.niap-ccevs.org/.

About M-Tech Information Technology, Inc.

M-Tech is a leading provider of identity management solutions for the enterprise. The Hitachi ID Management Suite combines ID-Synch for user provisioning, P-Synch for password management, ID-Certify for regulatory compliance, ID-Access for self-service resource access, ID-Telephony for telephone password reset and Hitachi ID Automated Discovery for account cleansing and reconciliation. Combined, this suite offers a comprehensive, integrated identity management solution for mid-sized to global enterprises. M-Tech is the only identity management software vendor to consistently prove an ROI in three to six months. For more information on M-Tech and its products, please visit Hitachi-ID.com or call 1.403.233.0740.

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Dawn Mallyon
VP Marketing
Hitachi ID Systems, Inc.
500, 1401 1st Street S.E
Calgary, AB T2G 2J3
1.403.233.0740 ext. 324
dawn_mallyon@Hitachi-ID.com

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