eSec Chooses Red Hat for Security Platforms

Brisbane

United States, October 16, 2000

eSec to deliver managed security services on Red Hat Linux

Red Hat, Inc. (NASDAQ:RHAT), the leader in developing, deploying, and managing open source Internet infrastructure solutions, today announced a strategic alliance with Australian e-security specialist eSec Limited (ASX:ESX). Under this agreement eSec will offer its managed security services on Red Hat Linux-powered platforms, bringing open source integrity and robust security services together into a single solution.

"eSec has long recognized the strategic importance of open source in a security critical environment," said Saxon Hill, Chief Executive Officer of eSec. "We are delighted to be working with Red Hat. Our solution will be a premium offering, which will benefit businesses of all sizes."

This alliance will see eSec's ground breaking managed security services offered on Red Hat Linux platforms to Red Hat customers globally, delivering superior security outcomes at affordable prices. Under the agreement, Red Hat will provide engineering and technical support services to back eSec's proven security expertise, creating an enterprise ready solution. eSec's service infrastructure will also be powered by Red Hat's enterprise Linux server platform, hosting an Oracle 8i database environment.

"Information security is a fundamental business requirement, but it is becoming too complex and expensive to adequately perform in-house," said Mark White, Vice President & General Manager Red Hat Asia-Pacific. "We recognized that eSec has developed an innovative and valuable service for businesses, and are very excited about the potential of this partnership."

eSec engineers will undertake Red Hat Certified Engineer training, which will enhance their ability to manage commercially deployed Linux platforms.

About eSec
eSec is a leading Australian Internet and e-commerce security provider, specializing in managed network security services, security consulting services and e-commerce infrastructure. Formed in 1995, eSec customers include AAPT, Amnesty International, Ansett Australia, Coles Myer, connect.com.au, esmart, FAI Insurance, Hewlett-Packard, KPMG Peat Marwick, National Australia Bank, Open Telecommunications, Sun Microsystems, Telstra and VicRoads.

About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat, the world's leading open source and Linux provider, is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with satellite offices spanning the globe. Red Hat is leading Linux and open source solutions into the mainstream by making high quality, low cost technology accessible. Red Hat provides operating system software along with middleware, applications and management solutions. Red Hat also offers support, training and consulting services to its customers worldwide and through top-tier partnerships. Red Hat's open source strategy offers customers a long term plan for building infrastructures that are based on and leverage open source technologies with focus on security and ease of management. Learn more: http://www.redhat.com

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