NW_20011009_en_uRoam® and VASCO Partner Provide Strong Authentication to uRoam’s FirePass™ Remote Access Technology

October 9, 2001

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. and FREMONT, Ca. – October 9, 2001 – VASCO (Nasdaq NM & Nasdaq Europe: VDSI; www.vasco.com) and uRoam, Inc. today announced that they have partnered to integrate native support for VASCO’s Digipass® two-factor authenticators into uRoam’s Next Generation Remote Access™ solutions. uRoam is the leader in providing web-based corporate remote access solutions that do not require any client-side configuration or setup. 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.

uRoam’s current and prospective customers can now easily utilize Digipass strong authentication with uRoam’s FirePass™ family of products without the need to purchase an additional server. “We are committed to providing topnotch security options for our FirePass customers” said Michael Herne, President and CEO of uRoam. “Many of them are requesting strong authentication for their remote access. We’re pleased to offer them the capability to complement native uRoam security with Digipass strong, two-factor authentication.”

With more than 6 million Digipass authenticators sold, VASCO is an established world leader in authentication, and the market leader in authenticating and digitally signing online financial transactions. uRoam’s FirePass is a proven technology, deployed as an integrated turnkey solution at enterprise clients in the U.S., Canada and Japan. As a single solution for mobile workers, work extenders and telecommuters, FirePass supports access from PC, Phone, Palm, RIM and PocketPC browsers to corporate desktop and network resources without any client installation or maintenance on the remote access device. Together, the integrated product lines offer corporations, financial institutions, and government agencies a highly secure yet comprehensive and easy-to-use solution.

“uRoam’s products provide very convenient access to corporate networks from any Internet device” said Jan Valcke, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for VASCO. “Because it is easy-to-use, strong authentication technology is extremely important for
safeguarding corporate data to ensure that only authorized users are accessing the information. This partnership offers significant advantages to existing, as well as new VASCO and uRoam customers, more options than ever to effectively secure their information, while providing remote workers with the access they need.”

Digipass 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. Moreover, all Digipass platforms are fully interoperable, allowing organizations to migrate to or add other Digipass platforms, such as 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, enterprise Single Sign-On, and LAN 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 uRoam
uRoam is a leading supplier of Next Generation Remote Access solutions. uRoam's easy-to-use, web-based products provide individuals and organizations of all sizes with fast, stable, secure access to desktop and corporate data from any Internet browser without requiring any software or configuration on the accessing device. With uRoam, one solution conveniently gives superior remote access, a powerful wireless solution, and a money-saving telecommute program. uRoam's technology is distributed through direct sales to large enterprise and channel partnerships with service providers, system integrators and VARs. The company was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Fremont, CA. uRoam is privately held and venture funded. 

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For more information contact:

VASCO Media:
Americas: Mike Lange, +1 630 932 8844, [email protected]
EMEA/APAC: Jochem Binst, +32 2 456 9810, [email protected]

VASCO Investor Relations:
Annemieke Blondeel, USA +1 630 932 8844, Europe +44 20 8308 7080, [email protected]

uRoam Media:
Sylvia Ahern, +1 510.687.1616, [email protected]