U.S. GSA Certifies Novell for HSPD-12 Deployments


Novell delivers identity assurance solution to help federal agencies meet stringent privacy, security and identification requirements

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Oct. 23, 2006 -- Novell today announced the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has certified Novell's identity assurance solution for Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 (HSPD-12) implementations. HSPD-12 is a government-wide standard that requires a new identification card process to enhance security, reduce identity fraud, and protect the personal privacy of those issued government identification. With this new GSA certification, agencies know they can deploy Novell's recently enhanced identity assurance solution with confidence that they are meeting HSPD-12 requirements.

"With all federal agencies required to have HSPD-12 procedures in place, it's critical to provide an integrated, yet flexible, solution that streamlines the processes involved in both the personal identification verification (PIV) card life cycle and traditional employee access management activities," said Susan Heystee, president, Novell®- Americas. "GSA's certification of Novell's identity assurance solution gives federal agencies, large and small, a flexible and extensible option to implement a cost-effective HSPD-12 PIV process in their environment today."

Novell's identity assurance solution, originally available in July 2005, was recently enhanced through the addition of key identity management technologies that allow for easier enrollment, issuance, and maintenance of PIV cards, the core of HSPD-12 requirements. Novell's solution also provides seamless integration with single-sign on and access control policies to govern both physical and logical access to government facilities and resources, as well as the option to centrally monitor, in real time, PIV card activity.

For more information on Novell's identity assurance solution, please visit www.novell.com/industries/government/northamerica/hspd12.html.

About Novell

Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) delivers Software for the Open Enterprise(TM). With more than 50,000 customers in 43 countries, Novell helps customers manage, simplify, secure and integrate their technology environments by leveraging best-of-breed, open standards-based software. With more than 20 years of experience, 4,700 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the world, Novell helps customers gain control over their IT operating environment while reducing cost. More information about Novell can be found at www.novell.com.

Press contacts:

Bruce Lowry
Novell
(415) 383-8408
blowry@novell.com

Danielle Mancano
SHIFT Communications
617-681-1234
dmancano@shiftcomm.com

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