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Fortress Technologies Names VP of Worldwide Sales; 
Willard E. Thomas to Spearhead Market Rollout of 
New AirFortress WLAN Security System

    TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 11, 2002--Fortress Technologies, a leading global provider of wireless and wireline network security solutions, has named Willard E. Thomas senior vice president of worldwide sales. The appointment of this former RSA sales executive underscores Fortress' commitment to aggressively rollout its new AirFortress(TM) Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) security system.

    Mr. Thomas has solid experience in sales and sales management for network security, software and communications companies including RSA Security, COMPUWARE, Novell and IBM. In his most recent position, he was director of North American sales for RSA, a leading internet/network security firm, responsible for developer sales in the Western U.S.

    Mr. Thomas will oversee the two-pronged marketing strategy for AirFortress, which includes branded product sales through a network of channel partners as well as a technology licensing model focused on OEM or private label relationships. AirFortress is a suite of hardware and software wireless security products designed to work seamlessly together to secure WLANs.

    Mr. Thomas brings to Fortress expertise in account development and management, direct sales, strategic planning, competitive analysis and negotiating software licensing and OEM agreements.

    "I am very excited to be joining Fortress Technologies," Mr. Thomas stated. "Fortress' technology framework is uniquely optimized for the requirements of wireless LAN security. The collapse of confidence in the built-in 802.11b WEP security standard has created tremendous opportunities for our technology solution."

    "Willard Thomas is a key addition to our senior management team," said Shawn Hughes, Fortress Technologies' CEO. "We will rely heavily on his breadth of sales experience in high-tech and extensive background in network security to unlock the enormous market potential of our technology to secure and rebuild confidence in wireless networks."

    Mr. Thomas, who has more than 20 years experience in the high-tech industry, received a BS in Marketing from the University of Michigan. He will be headquartered in Fortress' West Coast offices in San Mateo, California.

    Fortress Technologies ( is a leading global provider of infrastructure security solutions for Wireless Local Area Networks and Fixed Wireless Networks. The company offers a complete system, based on robust Layer 2 security, that eliminates the vulnerabilities and increases the performance of wireless networks and communications today. Founded in 1995 and located in Tampa Florida, Fortress also offers a complete range of traditional VPN products to address the security risks inherent in communicating over public networks. The privately held company has earned certifications from the National Institutes of Standards and Technologies and the Department of Defense.

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