Evaluation Assurance Level 2 Certification Qualifies Hitachi ID Systems' Software for deployment by government and military organizations in 25 countries.

Calgary, Canada, May 22, 2008 - Hitachi ID Systems, Inc., a leading provider of identity management solutions, today announced that the two core products in its identity management suite -- Hitachi ID Password Manager for password management and Hitachi ID Identity Manager for user provisioning -- have met the security requirements defined by the Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation.

The Common Criteria Certification is required or recognized by 25 national governments as an assurance that software deployed to networks that handle sensitive information meets strict IT security rules. Products certified at EAL 2 have been Structurally Tested -- a process that includes functional and assurance requirements. Functional requirements define the Hitachi ID Identity and Access Management Suite's desired security behaviour, while assurance requirements are the basis for gaining confidence that the security measures Hitachi ID Systems claims for the software are effective and have been implemented correctly.

The certification gives Hitachi ID Systems' government customers confidence in Hitachi ID Systems' software by providing clear and reliable assurance that the Hitachi ID Identity and Access Management Suite's security architecture and integrity have been tested and validated by an accredited, third party against the Common Criteria Standards for Information Technology Security Evaluation (ISO/IEC 15408).

Many security-conscious commercial organizations also rely on Common Criteria certification to identify products that are demonstrably designed and implemented to be secure.

The Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme (CCEVS) was established by the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) and evaluates information technology products for conformance to certain security standards as based upon an internationally accepted methodology. Today, 25 countries participate in CCEVS, including: Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Hitachi ID Systems' identity management solutions have been successfully and securely deployed by many government agencies, in the US and abroad. Hitachi ID Systems recognized that meeting the strict standards in the CCEVS was critical to provide customers with the highest level of security assurance.

“Hitachi ID Systems has always had a commitment to delivering reliable and secure solutions to large customers and this includes State and Federal agencies,” said Idan Shoham, Hitachi ID Systems CTO. “This certification is a part of our ongoing work to test our solutions and meet our customer's stringent requirements for validated security solutions.”

About Hitachi ID Systems

Hitachi ID Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of identity and access management solutions. Hitachi ID software helps almost 1000 organizations with over 12 million combined users meet security, internal control, regulatory compliance, IT cost reduction and user service objectives.

Hitachi ID Identity and Access Management Suite includes Hitachi ID Identity Manager https://Hitachi-ID.com/identity-manager/, Hitachi ID Password Manager https://Hitachi-ID.com/password-manager/ and Hitachi ID Privileged Access Manager https://Hitachi-ID.com/privileged-access-manager/. These products manage identities, entitlements and authentication factors across both on-premises and SaaS applications in the cloud.

Industry analyst Ovum Consulting recently recognized Hitachi ID Systems as an enterprise identity and access management powerhouse, citing the company's robust technology and exemplary customer support. Ovum “believes that Hitachi ID's focus on reducing the administrative and helpdesk burden and the company's focus on bottom-up IAM reflects the way in which organizations operate.”

For more information about Hitachi ID Systems and its products, please visit https://Hitachi-ID.com/ or call 1.403.233.0740.

Hitachi ID Systems Contact

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