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New Market Study Ranks Novell the Top Provider of Single Sign-On Technology Within Organizations

Novell, Inc., a leader in eBusiness solutions and Net services software, today announced that an IDC security report ranks Novell as the world's number one provider of host single sign-on (SSO) technology, which helps organizations increase security and reduce costs by allowing users to access myriad applications and databases with a single password.

PROVO, Utah | October 29, 2001

  • Single sign-on technology helps organizations increase security and reduce costs by allowing users to access myriad applications and databases with a single password
  • Novell's 30 percent share of the host single sign-on market leads other competing vendors by a significant margin
  • Novell's overall 3A security business grew by 300 percent from 1999 to 2000

Novell, Inc., a leader in eBusiness solutions and Net services software, today announced that an IDC security report ranks Novell as the world's number one provider of host single sign-on (SSO) technology, which helps organizations increase security and reduce costs by allowing users to access myriad applications and databases with a single password. Novell's 30 percent share of the host SSO market leads other competing vendors by a significant margin. Building on its market-leading eDirectory™ software, Novell's single sign-on technology offers a tested, comprehensive approach to protecting core corporate information in today's increasingly connected world. Further, Novell's strength in single sign-on solutions is underscored by the company's overall growth in the security administration, authorization and authentication (3A) market. According to IDC, Novell's 3A security business grew by 300 percent from 1999 to 2000.

Novell's momentum in the security market comes as customers are increasingly looking to consolidate the number of security vendors they deal with and purchase solutions from a trusted source. The breadth of Novell's security products, particularly in the area of Access Management, and the centralized administration offered by Novell eDirectory allow customers to manage and secure access to Web, host/internal and legacy applications without the difficulty of integrating offerings from a variety of vendors. While Novell is the market leader in host SSO technology, the company also delivers compelling products that enable single sign-on to Web and legacy applications — all based on a common, easy-to-manage directory infrastructure.

Delivering Secure Single Sign-on
The IDC report, titled "Worldwide Security 3As Software Market Forecast and Analysis, 2001-2005," details revenue forecasts and key trends within the security 3A market. IDC expects the 3A market to grow from $2.8 billion in 2000 to $9.4 billion by 2005; and a significant portion of that market potential comes from single sign-on technologies for Web, host/internal and legacy systems and applications.

"Corporate employees often have to log into several applications and databases each day to do their jobs. Managing all the passwords and account names can be a major headache for both the corporate user and the IT support staff - not to mention the costs associated with calls to the corporate help desk regarding lost or forgotten passwords," said Brian Burke, senior research analyst covering Internet Security for IDC. "Vendors such as Novell are delivering host single sign-on technology to address this challenge — offering access to several applications and databases via a single password, a single login or both."

Novell's leadership in internal SSO technology — based on Novell SecureLogin and Novell Account Management — is a component of the company's broader identity-based Access Management solutions. Novell® iChain®, for example, extends access and single sign-on to Web-based applications. Together, Novell's suite of Access Management products allow companies to efficiently manage and secure access to network resources — allowing Web, wireless, dial-up, VPN and client-based users to have a secure single sign-on experience.

"Novell's leadership in single sign-on technology and growth overall in the security market is indicative of the company's decade of experience in identity management," said Paul Smart, vice president and general manager of Novell's Net Directory business. "Today companies are realizing that a sound security infrastructure — addressing authentication, authorization and administration — begins with knowing and managing the identities of employees, partners and customers. Novell's eDirectory lays the foundation for identity management, and then Novell products like SecureLogin, iChain and Novell Account Management use those identity profiles to deliver access and single sign-on to platforms, internal applications and Web applications."

For more information about Novell's security products and solutions, go to www.novell.com/products.

About Novell
Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ: NOVL), is a leader in eBusiness solutions and Net services software designed to secure and power the networked world. Novell and its subsidiary, Cambridge Technology Partners, help organizations solve complex business challenges, simplify their systems and processes, and capture new opportunities with one Net solutions. Novell provides worldwide channel, consulting, education and developer programs to support its offerings.

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