SECUDE appoints Felipe Rodriguez as CTO of Data Protection Business Unit

Released on: February 21, 2008, 1:02 am

Press Release Author: SECUDE International AG

Industry: Software

Press Release Summary: SECUDE has appointed Felipe Rodriguez as the CTO of its Data
Protection business Unit. This move follows the restructuring of SECUDE's portfolio
into the Data Protection and SAP Security divisions to better focus its Go-to-Market

Press Release Body: Lucerne, 16 February 2008 - SECUDE International AG has
appointed Felipe A. Rodriguez, as the Chief Technology Officer of the Data
Protection Division. Mr. Rodriguez had previously been one of the principle
contributors to FinallySecure, SECUDE's hybrid hardware- or software-based Full Disk
Encryption solution.

"Felipe has shown great leadership within SECUDE since the day he started," notes
Tristan Kromer, VP & General Manager of the Data Protection Division, "His deep
technical understanding of our solutions is complimented by a vision for the market
and developing technologies. By appointing him as CTO of the Data Protection unit,
we will have a more focused strategy to drive our solutions to the market and take
our innovations to the next level."

SECUDE's Data Protection business unit is focused on End-to-End encryption solutions
to create a complete security infrastructure from client login to enterprise server
access. This includes Pre-Boot Authentication (PBA), Full Disk Encryption (FDE),
Single Sign-On (SSO), eMail encryption, Token & Access Management, and central
management, which connects the solutions together. This portfolio also complements
and integrates with SECUDE's SAP Security Business Unit.

The recent separation of the two distinct portfolios into business units will allow
SECUDE to more accurately convey its message to the market, and appointing a
separate management structure follows this strategy.

"We aim to communicate a very clear and focused message to the market.", says Heiner
Kromer, CEO of SECUDE, "By recognizing that our customers and partners are best
served by separating the SAP driven products from the Data Protection products, we
have advanced our ability to Go-to-Market and leapfrog the competition with our
unique hardware- or software-based Full Disk Encryption solution - FinallySecure."

In his previous position at SECUDE, Mr. Rodgriuez was primarily responsible for the
hybrid hardware- or software-based Full Disk Encryption solution FinallySecure 9.0
Enterprise and also oversaw the release of the single user version FinallySecure 1.0
Home which functions on hardware-based Full Disk Encryption solutions such as the
Seagate Momentus FDE.2 hard disk drives.

"Working on these products in depth has presented many interesting challenges.
Overcoming them has led us to develop powerful yet intuitive products which help
customers protect their data", says Felipe Rodriguez.

Felipe Rodriguez joined SECUDE from SAIC Inc., where he was Embedded Linux Software
Engineer. He has extensive expertise in Open-Source Operating Systems, is a
contributor to various Linux projects and is the principal developer of the mGSTEP
Open-Source project. Prior to SAIC, Mr. Rodriguez was Senior Software Engineer at
NXTV Inc., Quest Software Inc., 360 Systems Inc., and Mediasonic Enterprieses Inc.
Mr. Rodriguez studied Electrical Engineering (EE) at California State University,
Northridge, California.

SECUDE International AG provides End-to-End Data Protection with hardware- or
software-based encryption solutions, delivering a higher level of IT Security to
organizations around the world. SECUDE is part of iT_SEC SWiSS AG and was founded in
1996 from a partnership between SAP AG and the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany.
Headquartered in Lucerne, Switzerland, we have a world-wide customer base and
offices in the USA, Germany, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, & China.

For further information, please consult

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Contact Details: SECUDE International AG
Tel. +41 (0)44 404 82 00
Fax +41 (0)44 404 82 01

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