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IBM and Security First Corp. to Develop Integrated Security Technology

Cryptographic chip solution to increase security, high availability, and confidentiality

ARMONK, N.Y. & RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. - 29 Jul 2011: IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Security First Corp., a data high availability and security company, today announced a joint development agreement aimed at delivering increased performance, security, and high data availability to storage and cloud-based computing customers.

Under the agreement, IBM and Security First will combine Security First’s patented cryptographic data-splitting technology with the highly parallelized hardware acceleration capabilities of IBM's wire speed processor technology. Specifically, Security First’s SPxCore™, SPxBitFiler™, and SPxConnectTM products will be integrated directly onto IBM’s wire speed system on a chip.

“The combination of IBM’s wire speed processor technology and Security First’s cryptographic technology can deliver unparalleled cryptographic performance, throughput, and scalability for advanced security and storage applications at full network fabric line rates,” said IBM Fellow, Bijan Davari, vice-president, Next Generation Computing Systems and Technology.

"This joint development project will unleash the full potential of being able to cost effectively support the explosion of data storage and remove barriers to cloud use,” said Mark O'Hare, CEO of Security First. “Through our combined technologies, Security First and IBM will deliver scalable data security and high availability directly to public and private sector customers that require the highest levels of secure data transmission and storage in the cloud.”

The combined cryptographic security solution from IBM and Security First is expected to be available during the first half of 2012.

IBM Wire Speed Processor Technology

IBM's wire speed processor technology is designed to enable advanced throughput and connectivity, along with flexibility and scalability needed to meet the changing demands of workload optimized systems in data centers and across networks.

About Security First’s Products

Security First’s SPxCore Cryptographic Splitting technology is a new paradigm for securing and making data highly available across networks and distributed storage solutions including public, community, hybrid, and private clouds to address key data assurance needs voiced by both governmental, Department of Defense (DoD), and commercial IT leaders. SPxCore software has been architected, developed, and documented to meet EAL4+ Common Criteria requirements of the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) program. It has five Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS 140-2) certifications, has 44 Algorithm Certificates awarded by the National Institute of Science and Technology, and has passed rigorous government and independent testing including numerous types of fuzzer testing.

SPxBitFiler offers data-at-rest protection with simultaneous high availability and scalability for enterprise-class storage and cloud computing. This technology creates a “Transparent File System,” cryptographically splitting information for distribution to “M of N” available storage locations, with simplified restoration without requiring decryption.

SPxConnect secures the data transmission between remote users and web- or cloud-based applications, ensuring users that their private information is not being redirected through a malicious eavesdropping third party. SPxConnect securely splits each packet of information into multiple secure smaller packets and transmits them across an ultra-secure group of simultaneous connections. Each connection uses a separate uniquely issued certificate, establishing a Distributed Trust Model™.

About Security First Corp.

Security First is an emerging industry leader in information assurance including data security, privacy, integrity, and high availability. Security First’s scientific discovery and patented lead technology SecureParser® Cryptographic Splitting is transformational software and meets even the most stringent security requirements of military organizations, government agencies, and commercial enterprises. By replacing disparate bolt-on perimeter technologies with a single data-centric solution that can be applied to any digitized information, SecureParser ensures the confidentiality, integrity, and continuous availability of data-at-rest and data-in-motion while providing a platform for secure information sharing. Because it is woven directly into the fabric of the data, SecureParser protection remains with data for its entire lifetime. For more information, visit www.securityfirstcorp.com.

Contact(s) information

Chris Andrews
IBM Media Relations
914-945-1195
candrews@us.ibm.com

John Mumaugh
Senior Vice President, Business Development/Sales
949-858-7525 Ext. 125
jmumaugh@securityfirstcorp.com

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