NW_20000204_en_VASCO Opens New, Expanded European Headquarters to Meet Increased Demand for Security Solutions

February 4, 2000

BRUSSELS, Belgium, February 4, 2000 – VASCO Data Security International, Inc. (OTC BB: VDSI.OB; www.vasco.com), a leading provider of Internet and enterprise-wide security solutions, announced today the grand opening of a new 24,000 square-foot European headquarters facility near Brussels, Belgium.

VASCO has had a major presence in the European market since its inception. The move to the new facility, which encompasses three floors of a major business center near downtown Brussels, represents VASCO’s strategy to expand its overall European operations. The Company’s new location near Brussels will house the Company’s European corporate, sales, support, logistics, and marketing operations.

The grand opening is being attended by customers, journalists, investors, and partners. As part of its grand opening ceremony, VASCO has also launched its "Security at Work" award, which honors select companies for the "best use of security to achieve business goals." Each award recipient will receive a customized gold sculpture created specifically for VASCO by the famed Belgian artist Etienne Bruneel. The first recipient of the Security at Work award is Rabobank of the Netherlands, which draws on VASCO’s Digipass technology to provide secure remote banking to its customers.

Mr. Bert Willems of Rabobank noted that VASCO’s technology has been critical to the bank’s success. "Digipass security helped reassure our customers that their information and financial assets were safe," he explained. "That has helped us to solidify existing customer relationships, attract hundreds of thousands of new customers, and generate new revenue. Currently we have 425,000 customers using Digipass to secure their Internet and PC banking."

Mr. Mario Houthooft, President and Chief Executive Officer of VASCO, observed that "the opening of our new headquarters in Brussels helps to enhance our growing leadership position in providing security solutions that support the Internet economy. Rabobank is just one example of that leadership. To meet our growing needs, it is our intention to increase our staff at every level and to expand our existing operations throughout Europe."


VASCO helps organizations rapidly and effectively secure their e-business and e-commerce applications and services. The company’s family of Digipass™, VACMAN®, and SnareWorks™ products offers end-to-end security through true Single Sign-On, PKI, web security, strong user authentication, access control, user administration and encryption solutions that also sharply reduce the time and effort required to deploy and manage them. With hundreds of financial institutions, blue-chip corporations, and government agencies as customers in more than 50 countries, VASCO Data Security is a global leader in security solutions that support the Internet economy. More information is available at www.vasco.com and www.isoft.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Statements made in this news release that relate to future plans, events or performances are forward-looking statements. Any statement containing words such as "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," and similar words, is forward-looking, and these statements involve risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations. Consequently, actual results could differ materially from the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements.

Reference is made to the Company’s public filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for further information regarding the company and its operations.

For more information please contact:

Media: Kerry Roche, Bridgeman Communications, +1 617 742 7270, [email protected]
Investor Relations: Todd Fromer, KCSA Public Relations Worldwide, +1 212 682 6300, [email protected]
VASCO: Mike Lange, +1 630 932 8844, [email protected]

Media (Benelux): Bob Pieters, Anthonissen & Associates, +32 3 286 7777, [email protected]
Media (Europe/Asia): Sven Kersten, HBI, +49 89 99 38 87 33, [email protected]
Investor Relations: Annemieke Blondeel, LBConsult, +44 208 308 7080, [email protected]
VASCO: Ariane Bosmans, +32 2 456 9810, [email protected]