** Press Release **

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE SIGNS AGREEMENT FOR NETSCAPE CLIENT AND SERVER SOFTWARE

Global Agreement For Netscape Software To Serve Up To 2 Million Users
 
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (October 8, 1997) -- Netscape Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:NSCP) today announced that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has initiated a major agreement for Netscape client and server software. This agreement involves multiyear options, resulting in a DoD-wide license covering potentially in excess of  2 million users. Specifically, DoD has licensed Netscape® client and Netscape server software to enhance the security capabilities across the DoD worldwide networks.  Netscape software will be used to support comprehensive and cost-effective Intranet, Internet and Extranet solutions that enable DoD organizations to communicate, access and share information easily.

This license was acquired for the DoD by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) by using the I-CASE contract with Logicon.  The I-CASE contract is managed by the Standard Systems Center at Gunter Airforce base in Alabama.

Netscape’s agreement with DoD leverages the ability of Netscape Communicator and Netscape SuiteSpot servers to deliver the strong security capabilities the government requires including the meeting of US Government’s Federal Information Processing Standards Publications (FIPS PUBS) 140-1, "Security Requirements For Cryptographic Modules" (FIPS 140-1).  As announced last month, Netscape is currently the only Internet software vendor to have products validated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for compliance with the FIPS 140-1 standard.  In addition, DoD will take advantage of the Netscape products with FORTEZZA.  By supporting the FORTEZZA hardware-enhanced cryptographic services, Netscape’s client and server versions allow for stronger user authentication and data encryption.

"DoD's decision to deploy Netscape software across desktops and servers to secure and enhance the networked environment clearly demonstrates the benefits of the cross-platform and scalable Internet capabilities our technology delivers," said Jim Barksdale, president and chief executive officer of Netscape Communications Corporation.  "Netscape’s open standard software assures interoperability not only throughout DoD, but also with its contractors and partners worldwide.  Through this agreement, Netscape will supply what is essentially the world’s largest enterprise with software that scales to meet the needs of millions of users, delivers interoperability and offers strong security features. This agreement enables DoD to provide its users with application access, collaboration and information sharing across its multiple organizations while maintaining required access controls."

With the execution of the new agreement, DISA will serve as the central point for assigning Netscape software licenses provided under this agreement throughout the DoD.   DoD organizations should contact DISA's Enterprise Software License Program Office to discuss the terms of this agreement.

As the only certified FIPS 140-1 compliant Internet products validated by NIST,  Netscape’s products provide more rigorous security standards than any other Web technology currently available.  Deployment of the Netscape software ensures that government users are in compliance with this mandated standard for secure software cryptography.  Netscape software with FORTEZZA delivers an even higher degree of assurance using the DoD approved FORTEZZA hardware standard for authentication and encryption.   With the government-wide mandate in effect since June 30, 1997, that "all Federal agencies that use cryptographic-based security systems to protect unclassified information within computer and telecommunication systems" move to exclusively acquire and use products validated for FIPS 140-1 conformance, migration to Netscape products for those covered by this license agreement is expected to move quickly.

Several organizations within DoD have already begun deploying applications and infrastructures based on Netscape technology, including Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), the U.S. Air Force and the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD).

Netscape’s licensing agreement with DoD is another step in the "Netscape Everywhere" initiative, which is aimed at bringing Netscape technology to millions of new users in government agencies, schools, homes, and businesses. With Netscape’s emphasis on security, scalability, and open standards, the use of Netscape software as the common desktop technology enables government users to lower training costs and improve communications, enabling deployment of applications and tools that run across all vendors' hardware, operating systems and databases.  The successful ‘Netscape Everywhere’ initiative already includes agreements to deliver more than 130 million copies of Netscape client software through leading books, magazines, networking products, communications software, Internet Service Providers and computer hardware bundles, as well as millions more to be distributed throughout enterprises.

Netscape Communications Corporation is a leading provider of open software for linking people and information over enterprise networks and the Internet. The company offers a full line of clients, servers, development tools and commercial applications to create a complete platform for next-generation, live online applications. Traded on NASDAQ under the symbol "NSCP," Netscape Communications Corporation is based in Mountain View, California. The Netscape Government Group, which exclusively serves federal, state and local governments, is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

Additional information on Netscape Communications Corporation is available on the Internet at http://home. Netscape.com, or by sending email to moreinfo@netscape.com. Corporate customers can call 415/937-2555, while government customers can call 301/571-3900 for more information.

Netscape, Netscape Navigator, and the Netscape N logo are registered trademarks of Netscape Communications Corporation in the United States and other countries. Other Netscape logos, product names, and service names are also trademarks of Netscape Communications Corporation, which may be registered in other countries.



John Menkart
(menk@netscape.com)
Updated  (October 8, 1997)