SOURCE: Liquid Machines, Inc.

March 27, 2006 08:30 ET

Liquid Machines Establishes Enterprise Rights Management Public Sector Advisory Board

Federal, State and Local, Defense, and Industry Leaders Join New Board to Help Educate Public Sector on Benefits of Enterprise Rights Management

WALTHAM, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 27, 2006 -- Liquid Machines®, Inc., the leading provider of Enterprise Rights Management (ERM) solutions, today announced the formation of a Public Sector Advisory Board comprised of leaders from federal, state and local, defense, and major vertical industries.

Members of the Liquid Machines Public Sector Advisory Board will work together with Liquid Machines to examine and recommend solutions to problems facing government agencies in the areas of data security, information assurance, and secure messaging. The advisory board will also counsel Liquid Machines on market opportunities within federal and state & local government agencies, business strategy, and the development of technologies that anticipate and meet public sector requirements.

Initial members of Liquid Machines' Public Sector Advisory Board include:

--  Richard A. Clarke, former Special Advisor to the President for Cyber
    Security in the current Bush Administration, and a senior security official
    in the Clinton and George H.W. Bush White Houses.
--  Don Upson, former Secretary of Technology for the State of Virginia;
    and former Chief of Staff of the House Government Operations Committee, in
    the U.S. House of Representatives.
--  Roger W. Cressey, former Chief of Staff to the President's Critical
    Infrastructure Protection Board at the White House; and former Director for
    Transnational Threats on the National Security Council staff.
--  Israel Feldman, former Chief Information Officer at the U.S.
    Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (now Health and Human
    Services); and former Senior Information Technology Planning and Budget
    Officer for the United States Postal Service.
"Without question, the need to protect information and other sensitive communications is of paramount importance in the public sector," said Michael Ruffolo, president and CEO of Liquid Machines, Inc. "This Board represents some of the most distinguished and experienced thought-leaders in the areas of government risk management, information assurance and counter-terrorism. They clearly understand the cyber security threats facing public sector organizations and how Enterprise Rights Management can mitigate those risks. Teamed with our Vice President of Public Sector Keith Johnson with his impressive track record building the public sector business at Akamai Technologies, we have the right team to accelerate the awareness and adoption of Liquid Machines ERM solutions."

Richard A. Clarke has served the last three Presidents as a senior White House Advisor. Over the course of an unprecedented 11 consecutive years of White House service, he held the titles of: Special Assistant to the President for Global Affairs; National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism; and Special Advisor to the President for Cyber Security. Prior to his White House years, Clarke served for 19 years in the Pentagon, the Intelligence Community, and State Department. As Chairman of Good Harbor Consulting, LLC, Clarke advises clients on a range of issues including: Corporate security risk management; Information security technology; Dealing with the Federal Government on security and IT issues; and Counterterrorism. He is currently an on-air consultant for ABC News.

Roger W. Cressey served as Chief of Staff to the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board at the White House from November 2001 to September 2002. From November 1999 to November 2001, Mr. Cressey served as Director for Transnational Threats on the National Security Council staff, where he was responsible for coordination and implementation of U.S. counterterrorism policy. During this period, he managed the U.S. Government's response to the Millennium terror alert, the USS COLE attack, and the September 11th attacks. Prior to his White House service, Mr. Cressey served in the Department of Defense, including as Deputy Director for War Plans. He is currently president of Good Harbor, advising clients on homeland security, cyber security and counterterrorism issues. He is also an on-air counterterrorism analyst for NBC News.

Donald W. Upson, former Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia, is the current president of ICG Government, a government management and consulting practice. Prior to that, Mr. Upson was president and CEO of Upson Group, LLC, an innovative technology consulting business he began in March of 2002. During his term of service to the Commonwealth, Upson took the initiative in addressing the needs of State and local government and presided as Chairman of the Governor's Council on Technology Services (COTS). Mr. Upson has been a seven-time honoree and two-time judge for Federal Computer Week's Federal 100, which lists the top 100 government and industry leaders in the federal information technology market.

Israel Feldman has more than 45 years experience in the Information Technology area. He is the founder of three trade publications serving the Federal IT market: Government Computer News (currently owned by the Washington Post), Enterprise Reengineering, and e-Gov Journal. Mr. Feldman has served as Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (now Health and Human Services), and as the Senior Information Technology Planning and Budget Officer for the United States Postal Service and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He also served on the Presidential Reorganization Project (PRP) whose mission was to modernize the use of IT in the Federal Government and adopt "Best Practices" in use in the Private Sector. He was elected as Chairman of the Inter-Agency Committee for ADP (IAC-ADP), a Government-wide Committee (managed by GSA) -- representing all 80 Government Agencies.

About Liquid Machines

Liquid Machines is the leading provider of Enterprise Rights Management (ERM) solutions that persistently protect critical business content and audit usage while enabling collaboration. Liquid Machines' Document Control and Email Control solutions allow companies in the consulting, financial services, government, manufacturing, and healthcare industries to share information securely, within any application, wherever it goes, throughout its lifecycle. Liquid Machines ERM solutions help enterprises satisfy today's ever-increasing information security regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, NASD 2711, HIPAA and others, as well as implement and practice internal mandates for intellectual property security, product version control, or clinical data protection.

Based in Waltham, Massachusetts, Liquid Machines is privately held and is backed by Atlas Venture, Masthead Venture Partners, and Draper Fisher Jurvetson. For more information on the company and our vision The Freedom of Security™, visit us at

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