Kasten Chase Applied Research Limited

Kasten Chase Applied Research Limited

June 16, 2005 09:01 ET

Kasten Chase Signs Reseller Agreement with Softchoice

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 16, 2005) - Kasten Chase (TSX:KCA), a leader in data storage security, has signed a reseller agreement with Softchoice (TSX:SO), one of North America's fastest growing technology resellers.

The agreement will see Softchoice actively selling Kasten Chase's award-winning Assurency® SecureData and Assurency® CipherShare solutions through its four call centres and 33 branches across North America.

"Softchoice recognizes the increased value our customers place on information security - whether the information is being stored or shared," said Nick Foster, Vice President of Marketing, Softchoice. "Assurency SecureData is recognized as top in its class and its addition to our portfolio allows us to accelerate the development and build-out of our storage practice. Adding CipherShare to our desktop portfolio provides us with one of the most powerful secure document management solutions available today."

Awarded "Best Storage Security Solution" in 2005 by Network Computing's Well-Connected Awards, Assurency SecureData provides high performance, cost-effective data security for tape and disk within SAN, CAS, DAS and internal disk environments without impacting storage or backup performance. A single solution, Assurency SecureData's automated, policy-driven key management and hardware-assisted, FIPS-certified encryption secures on-line, near-line, off-site and backup data against misuse, misappropriation and manipulation.

Pre-approved for purchase by the Canadian Government, CipherShare seamlessly integrates 'always-on' security with sophisticated document management and collaboration into a single, easy-to-use application. CipherShare ensures that all information shared between team members, including documents, files, messages and chat, is always securely encrypted.

"Softchoice has earned its place among the top software vendors in North America by being a passionate, customer-focused company," said Michael Milligan, CEO, Kasten Chase. "The company's continued, rapid growth is a testament to their ability to understand and meet the needs of North America's technology market."

About Kasten Chase

Kasten Chase (TSX:KCA) delivers innovative data storage security solutions to mitigate information security risks, meet compliance obligations and reduce the cost and complexity of data storage operations. Assurency SecureData, the Company's award-winning, enterprise-class, storage security solution, utilizes a distributed, scalable architecture to encrypt networked, archive and backup storage. SecureData employs FIPS-certified cryptographic algorithms to selectively encrypt stored data in accordance with security policies. It employs advanced key management techniques to protect, compartmentalize, and control access to data stored on disk and tape.

Kasten Chase complements its award-winning technology with business services that assess information risk and audit compliance practices for enterprise storage. CISSP and BS 7799-qualified consultants help customers prioritize and justify information security investments that deliver cost savings and a comprehensive foundation for compliance.

The Company established its security credentials within government and military departments through its high-assurance, remote access solutions. Certified by the U.S. National Security Agency and pre-approved by the Canadian Communications Security Establishment, Kasten Chase's RASP Data Security™ portfolio protects some of the most sensitive information in the world.

Kasten Chase is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario with offices in Ottawa, Ontario and Sterling, Virginia. Kasten Chase is a certified ISO 9001:2000 company.

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