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Command Software Systems, Inc., Announces Agreement with VeriSign, the Leading Provider of Digital Trust Services

Command Software will integrate industry-leading anti-virus products with VeriSign�s digital certificate based security and authentication.


JUPITER, FLA. � December 5, 2002 � Command Software Systems, Inc., today announced that it has entered into an agreement with VeriSign, Inc., to provide anti-virus products containing VeriSign�s digital certificates. This industry-first secure anti-virus solution will close long-standing gaps in the delivery of anti-virus software updates and virus definition files. It will incorporate mechanisms to block intrusion and spoofing and provide notification of viruses and virus hoaxes. This secure anti-virus solution is expected to be available the first quarter of 2003.

As the largest authenticator of online businesses in the world, VeriSign has more than 400,000 digital certificates currently installed on web sites around the globe. VeriSign provides the industry�s most secure forms of authentication and encryption.

This solution will embed encryption and authentication into the software update and delivery process preventing third-party access and alteration of the software program information.

Command Software Systems, a subsidiary of Authentium, Inc. � creators of CurtainsTM for Windows�, a firewall, anti-virus and identity protection desktop software � intends to adapt this technology to provide a secure distribution process for delivering ant-virus software and updates over the Internet.

'We are excited to incorporate VeriSign security with our world-class anti-virus software,' said John Sharp, president and CEO of Authentium. 'The recent compromise at Kaspersky Labs, in which subscribers were potentially duped into accepting a Kaspersky newsletter that contained the Bridex worm, demonstrates the critical importance of this enhanced secure approach to updating software.'

'Authentium has shown true technological leadership and insight in their approach to the problem of update security,� said Ben Golub, senior vice president of VeriSign Trust and Payment Services. �We look forward to working together and creating the best possible security solutions for delivering software programs and updates.'

About Command Software and Authentium
Command Software Systems, Inc., of Jupiter, Florida, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Authentium, Inc., has offered security software since 1984 and anti-virus software since 1992. For more information see

Authentium, Inc., a privately held company in San Diego, Calif., offers software-based authentication platforms to support user security and risk management. Authentium, founded in 2000, employs more than 70 people worldwide. Its customer base includes Internet Service Providers, numerous Fortune 1000 companies, and many government agencies and educational institutions. For more information see

About VeriSign, Inc.
VeriSign, Inc. is the leading provider of digital trust services that enable everyone, everywhere to engage in commerce and communications with confidence. VeriSign's digital trust services create a trusted environment through four core offerings�Web presence services, security services, payment services, and telecommunications services�powered by a global infrastructure that manages more than six billion network connections and transactions a day. Additional news and information about the company is available at

VeriSign is a registered trademark of VeriSign, Inc. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Kaspersky is a trademark of Kaspersky Labs. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. All Command Software Systems, Inc. brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of Command Software Systems, Inc. Other names mentioned herein may be trademarks of the party using such names.

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Contact: Media Relations: Pete Nielsen
             [email protected]

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