NW_20010906_en_Stratus Technologies Selects VASCO’s Digipass to Protect World’s Most Reliable Server Technology

September 6, 2001

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. and BRUSSELS, Belgium – September 6, 2001 – VASCO (Nasdaq NM & Nasdaq Europe: VDSI; www.vasco.com) announced today that Stratus Technologies (www.stratus.com) has integrated support for VASCO’s Digipass® family of two-factor authenticators into the Stratus VOS™ operating system and Continuum® Series of fault-tolerant hardware platforms. Stratus is the world's most trusted provider of computer products, services, and technologies that guarantee continuously available processing for applications that must not fail. VASCO is a global provider of security products that secure the identities, sensitive data, and transactions of more than six million people and 600 companies in 50 countries, including 170 of the world’s leading banks.

“We’re pleased to offer our customers the added assurance of VASCO security on top of the guaranteed reliability of their Stratus products,” said David Flawn, Vice President of Business Development for Stratus Technologies. “Digipass has proven its worth in the same key industries we are in, which demand that the technologies that support business – from servers to security – operate at the highest performance level. In fact, we have already seen two major Stratus customers adopt Digipass security, and expect more as we step up our joint sales and marketing efforts under the Stratus Partner Program.”

Status has more than 700 customers worldwide in markets that demand continuously available computing such as financial services, retail, travel, public safety, healthcare, manufacturing and electronic commerce. Its customer base includes 15 out of the world's 20 largest banks, prominent US securities firms, major credit card companies, the largest stock exchange in Asia, and the largest options exchange in the world. By integrating Digipass two-factor authentication into its product lines, Stratus has enabled its customers to apply strong authentication security to key business applications.

“Stratus and VASCO are both in the business of providing absolute reliability in support of our customers’ business needs,” observed Jan Valcke, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for VASCO. “We’re pleased that the leading provider of mission-critical computing technology would place its trust in VASCO security, and are looking forward to working with Stratus to enhance security for their customers.”

Digipass security utilizes patented dynamic password and digital signature technologies to help ensure positive identification of remote users and the integrity of data and transactions. VASCO has also responded to the growing concerns of security and network administrators for easier authentication management at a low total cost of ownership, offering organizations the flexibility to program or reprogram Digipass authenticators themselves for greater control over their authentication environment. Moreover, all Digipass platforms are fully interoperable, allowing organizations to migrate to or add other Digipass-enabled platforms, such as mobile phones and PDA’s, without changing their existing IT infrastructure.

VASCO secures the enterprise from the mainframe to the Internet with infrastructure solutions that enable secure e-business and e-commerce, protect sensitive information, and safeguard the identity of users. The Company's family of Digipass® and VACMAN® products offers end-to-end security through strong authentication and digital signature, true and secure Single Sign-On, access control, and web portal, LAN, and enterprise security, while sharply reducing the time and effort required to deploy and manage security. VASCO's customers include hundreds of financial institutions, blue-chip corporations, and government agencies in more than 50 countries. More information is available at www.vasco.com.

About Stratus Technologies
Stratus Technologies, Inc. offers a proven range of continuously available computer platforms, application solutions, professional services, and technologies for mission-critical business operations. Many Stratus customers are highly visible industry leaders such as prominent U.S. securities firms, major credit card companies, the largest stock exchange in Asia, the largest options exchange in the world, and 15 out of the world's 20 largest banks. The 24-7 Technologies Division of parent company, Stratus Technologies International S.à r.l., licenses technology for fault tolerance to technology companies. Stratus has offices and a comprehensive network of customer service centers worldwide, and 1,130 employees.