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HP chooses Baltimore Tech as security partner

Strategic OEM Agreement Adds PKI Security Foundation to HP Product LineSingapore, 12 April 2000 -- Hewlett-Packard Company and Baltimore Technologies (NASDAQ:BALT; London:BLM), provider of global e-security solutions, todayannounced that they have entered into a strategic OEM agreement for HP to sell Baltimore Technologies' Public KeyInfrastructure (PKI) security products, including its award-winning UniCERT system, through the HP global salesnetwork.

Strategic OEM Agreement Adds PKI Security Foundation to HP Product Line

Singapore, 12 April 2000 -- Hewlett-Packard Company and Baltimore Technologies (NASDAQ:BALT; London:BLM), provider of global e-security solutions, today announced that they have entered into a strategic OEM agreement for HP to sell Baltimore Technologies' Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) security products, including its award-winning UniCERT system, through the HP global sales network.

As HP's first PKI offering, Baltimore UniCERT broadens HP's Internet security solutions portfolio, giving HP customers greater choice and a more complete solution for implementing secure e-mail, secure Web access, virtual private networks, online banking and other Internet-based applications.

"Our agreement with Baltimore Technologies greatly enhances our e-services and security product set, providing the essential security foundation our customers need for building trusted e-services," said Roberto Medrano, general manager of HP's Internet Security Division.

"By integrating Baltimore UniCERT and associated security technology into our product portfolio, we can be confident that our customers receive a powerful, scalable PKI system designed for the needs of e-business and e-services," he added.

Bhojaraja Manjunath, General Manager, ASEAN, Baltimore Technologies, said: "Baltimore believes that security should be a seamless, easy-to-use component of all e-business applications. PKI is now recognized as the most effective security infrastructure for e-business, and the widespread adoption of digital certificates for a broad range of applications is testament to this."

As part of this agreement, HP will become a member of Baltimore's TrustedWorld Business Alliance Partner Program. This program is designed for organizations that add value to Baltimore Technologies' range of products and services, whether through a specific knowledge of the security market, an expertise in systems integration, a complementary product or service, or the strength and breadth of their geographical coverage.

HP's Internet Security Division
The Internet Security Division delivers best-in-class e-security software that makes enterprise, ISP and ASP Internet applications safe for electronic business. The Praesidium product portfolio includes VirtualVault, the world's most widely trusted Web-server platform; DomainGuard Access and DomainGuard Rules, powerful Web authorization managers; Authorization Server, the only enterprise authorization manager that protects both Web and non-Web applications; the Extranet VPN; and the e-Firewall. HP's pace-setting security products, solutions and consulting services help businesses deploy innovative new applications and e-services more quickly and securely at a lower cost.

Baltimore UniCERT
Baltimore UniCERT provides a framework by which companies, their suppliers and customer can communicate securely. It enables secure management of digital certificates which act as 'electronic passports' to ensure user authentication, data integrity, confidentiality and message non-repudiation when transacting electronically.

About Baltimore Technologies
Baltimore Technologies develops and markets security products and services to enable companies to develop trusted, secure systems for e-business, e-commerce and the Internet. Its products include a wide range of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) systems, cryptographic toolkits, security applications and hardware cryptographic devices. Baltimore's global professional services organisation offers a wide variety of consulting, training and deployment support to its customers worldwide. Baltimore Technologies markets and sells its solutions worldwide directly and through the TrustedWorldä channel program. TrustedWorld includes many of the world's leading technology companies and a wide variety of global, regional and local business alliance partners.

Baltimore Technologies employs over 450 people worldwide and operates from over 20 cities with headquarters in Dublin. Baltimore Technologies plc is a public company with dual listings on NASDAQ (BALT) and the London Stock Exchange (BLM).

About HP
Hewlett-Packard Company -- a leading global provider of computing and imaging solutions and services for business and home -- is focused on capitalizing on the opportunities of the Internet and the proliferation of electronic services. HP plans to launch Agilent Technologies as an independent company by mid-calendar 2000. Agilent consists of HP's test and measurement, semiconductor products, chemical analysis and healthcare solutions businesses, and has leading positions in multiple market segments. HP has 83,200 employees worldwide and had total revenue from continuing operations of $42.4 billion in its 1999 fiscal year.