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Novell Delivers Strong Encryption Worldwide for NetWare and NDS

Customers Outside of North America Can Now Take Advantage of Strongest Networking Security Measures Available

PROVO, Utah | February 16, 2000

Novell, Inc. today announced immediate multi-product support for strong worldwide encryption in compliance with the new U.S. Department of Commerce export regulations. Specific approval was recently granted from the Bureau of Export Administration to ship strong encryption versions of NetWare 5, NetWare 5.1, NDS 8, NDS Corporate Edition and NDS eDirectory as specified in the January 14, 2000 publication of the Export Administration Regulations. These products are now available to both government and non-government end users on a worldwide basis with the highest levels of network security.

Novell customers outside of the U.S. and Canada can now take advantage of strong encryption in any of the products mentioned above by installing a new Novell International Cryptographic Infrastructure (NICI) module, which provides encryption strengths of 128 bits and higher. The NICI module is available for order for free at

"Novell has always been a leader in providing software for securing all types of networks," said Dave Shirk, senior vice president, product management, Novell. "Being first to market with the highest levels of security for our products demonstrates Novell's continued commitment to spurring the growth of e-business worldwide."

Strong encryption is a term given to ciphers (encryption/decryption algorithms), generally those with 64-bit keys or stronger. Ciphers using 128 bits or more are considered virtually "unbreakable" without decryption keys. Previously, software companies needed a special license from the government to export software solutions with greater than 56-bit encryption. As organizations outside the U.S. and Canada adapt their business networks to the Internet, they will now be able to implement stronger security found in products such as NetWare 5.1 and NDS eDirectory to protect their networks, systems and data.

About Novell

Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVL), is a leading provider of Net services software that delivers services to secure and power all types of networks the Internet, intranets, and extranets; wired to wireless; corporate and public across leading operating systems. Novell's Net services software provides the foundation for one Net-a single global network that supports new applications and forms of business. Net Services software gives IT organizations a way to adapt and accelerate their transformation to e-business, simplify the management and control of all networks, create a secure foundation for doing business on the Net, and help deliver a consistent and high-quality experience to end users in all locations. Worldwide channel, consulting, education and technical support programs, along with strategic alliances, combine Novell Net services software with third-party products and services to form complete Net solutions.

For information on Novell's complete range of products and services, contact Novell's Customer Response Center at (888) 321-4CRC (4272), or visit Novell's Web site at Press may access Novell announcements and company information on the World Wide Web at In addition, detailed comparisons between Novell products and competitive offerings from other vendors are available on the Web at

Novell, NetWare and NDS are registered trademarks, and eDirectory is a trademark of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Gordon Evans
Novell, Inc.
Telephone: 408-967-6371

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