Sun Microsystems Appoints World-Renowned Security Expert, Whitfield Diffie, As Chief Security Officer; Creates Global Security Program Office

Sun Veteran and Inventor of Public Key Encryption to Lead Global Security

Initiative to Evangelize Sun's Extensive Security Offerings and Key Issues

Concerning Technology Security



Apr 17, 2002, 01:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq:   SUNW) today announced two significant and
 newly-created positions -- Chief Security Officer and Director of the newly
 created Sun Global Security Program Office.  The positions are intended to
 further Sun's leadership in world-class, secure information technology
 products and coordinate the expansion of security-related product and services
 innovations.
     Sun's security expert Whitfield Diffie is appointed Chief Security Officer
 and Joanne Masters is appointed Director of Sun's Global Security Program
 Office.  Both appointments are effective immediately.
     "Sun has always understood that security is indispensable to enterprise
 computing in a network environment and has always provided products and
 services that reflect this understanding," comments Ed Zander, president and
 COO of Sun Microsystems.  "As our world becomes more and more connected, we
 see our customers looking for security that is effective, cost-effective and
 easy to use.  Whitfield is recognized as one of the world's foremost experts
 in this field and eminently qualified to lead this important initiative."
     The key objectives of the Chief Security Officer and the Global Security
 Program Office are:
     To be an advocate for Sun's industry-leading security offerings with
 customers and partners, and educate them on key technology security issues.
     To expand Sun's relationship with key security organizations, nationally
 and internationally, in an effort to address the Internet's fragmented
 security environment.
     To anticipate and address future customer security requirements by a
 coordinated process across all of Sun Microsystems' research, product
 development assessment, marketing and sales.
     "I always thought of Whit as Sun's Chief Security Officer," said Vint
 Cerf, WorldCom's Senior VP of Internet Architecture and Technology.  "This is
 well-deserved recognition of his stature in the security community, and a
 clear indication of Sun's commitment to securing information technology around
 which much of today's business, government and personal worlds now revolve.
 One of the industry's challenges is to find ways to make security less
 inconvenient without losing its effectiveness.  If it can be done at all,
 Whit's the right man to do it."
     "I have known Whitfield Diffie, his superior technical achievements and
 his advocacy for strong security in telecommunications, since my days as
 Director of the National Security Agency when we testified together before the
 U.S. Senate," comments Mike McConnell, a Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton
 leading the firm's Infrastructure Assurance, Information Operations, and
 Military Intelligence practices, and former Director of the National Security
 Agency.  Mike also served as the intelligence officer for Gen. Powell during
 operation Desert Storm.  "Even more than our first encounter, I learned that
 cyber security is a critical issue of national importance.  Not only is it
 important to national and economic security, it also impacts the very safety
 and privacy of our citizens and all those who use global telecommunications
 systems.  In Whitfield Diffie, Sun Microsystems has chosen a leading national
 advocate and technical expert with broad-based business and policy expertise
 in the security field.  This is an excellent choice to lead the industry's
 discussions around the critical areas of security."
     Whitfield Diffie, world-renowned authority on cryptography and security
 technology, joined Sun in 1991 after twelve years as manager of secure systems
 research at Northern Telecom.  Diffie, working in Sun Labs, was one of the
 driving forces in the policy struggle that has led to legal recognition for
 the importance of advanced security technologies for modern society.
     Diffie is also famous as the inventor of the Public Key Encryption concept
 that underlies secure electronic commerce and is recognized in security and
 intelligence circles worldwide as an authority on information technology
 security issues.
     The Sun Microsystems Global Security Program Office will be led by Sun
 Microsystems Director Joanne Masters, working in partnership with Diffie.  In
 addition to the objectives above, her charter will also be to drive cross-Sun
 Microsystems initiatives related to raising Sun's presence on Security issues.
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The
 Computer(TM)" - has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a
 leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that
 power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to make the net work.  Sun
 can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at
 http://sun.com .
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo and The Network Is The Computer
 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the
 United States and other countries.
 
     CONTACT:  Brett Smith, +1-408-276-6143, or brett.smith@sun.com, or
 Penelope Bruce, +1-650-786-7220, or penelope.bruce@sun.com, both of Sun
 Microsystems, Inc.
 
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    SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq:   SUNW) today announced two significant and
 newly-created positions -- Chief Security Officer and Director of the newly
 created Sun Global Security Program Office.  The positions are intended to
 further Sun's leadership in world-class, secure information technology
 products and coordinate the expansion of security-related product and services
 innovations.
     Sun's security expert Whitfield Diffie is appointed Chief Security Officer
 and Joanne Masters is appointed Director of Sun's Global Security Program
 Office.  Both appointments are effective immediately.
     "Sun has always understood that security is indispensable to enterprise
 computing in a network environment and has always provided products and
 services that reflect this understanding," comments Ed Zander, president and
 COO of Sun Microsystems.  "As our world becomes more and more connected, we
 see our customers looking for security that is effective, cost-effective and
 easy to use.  Whitfield is recognized as one of the world's foremost experts
 in this field and eminently qualified to lead this important initiative."
     The key objectives of the Chief Security Officer and the Global Security
 Program Office are:
     To be an advocate for Sun's industry-leading security offerings with
 customers and partners, and educate them on key technology security issues.
     To expand Sun's relationship with key security organizations, nationally
 and internationally, in an effort to address the Internet's fragmented
 security environment.
     To anticipate and address future customer security requirements by a
 coordinated process across all of Sun Microsystems' research, product
 development assessment, marketing and sales.
     "I always thought of Whit as Sun's Chief Security Officer," said Vint
 Cerf, WorldCom's Senior VP of Internet Architecture and Technology.  "This is
 well-deserved recognition of his stature in the security community, and a
 clear indication of Sun's commitment to securing information technology around
 which much of today's business, government and personal worlds now revolve.
 One of the industry's challenges is to find ways to make security less
 inconvenient without losing its effectiveness.  If it can be done at all,
 Whit's the right man to do it."
     "I have known Whitfield Diffie, his superior technical achievements and
 his advocacy for strong security in telecommunications, since my days as
 Director of the National Security Agency when we testified together before the
 U.S. Senate," comments Mike McConnell, a Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton
 leading the firm's Infrastructure Assurance, Information Operations, and
 Military Intelligence practices, and former Director of the National Security
 Agency.  Mike also served as the intelligence officer for Gen. Powell during
 operation Desert Storm.  "Even more than our first encounter, I learned that
 cyber security is a critical issue of national importance.  Not only is it
 important to national and economic security, it also impacts the very safety
 and privacy of our citizens and all those who use global telecommunications
 systems.  In Whitfield Diffie, Sun Microsystems has chosen a leading national
 advocate and technical expert with broad-based business and policy expertise
 in the security field.  This is an excellent choice to lead the industry's
 discussions around the critical areas of security."
     Whitfield Diffie, world-renowned authority on cryptography and security
 technology, joined Sun in 1991 after twelve years as manager of secure systems
 research at Northern Telecom.  Diffie, working in Sun Labs, was one of the
 driving forces in the policy struggle that has led to legal recognition for
 the importance of advanced security technologies for modern society.
     Diffie is also famous as the inventor of the Public Key Encryption concept
 that underlies secure electronic commerce and is recognized in security and
 intelligence circles worldwide as an authority on information technology
 security issues.
     The Sun Microsystems Global Security Program Office will be led by Sun
 Microsystems Director Joanne Masters, working in partnership with Diffie.  In
 addition to the objectives above, her charter will also be to drive cross-Sun
 Microsystems initiatives related to raising Sun's presence on Security issues.
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The
 Computer(TM)" - has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a
 leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that
 power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to make the net work.  Sun
 can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at
 http://sun.com .
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo and The Network Is The Computer
 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the
 United States and other countries.
 
     CONTACT:  Brett Smith, +1-408-276-6143, or brett.smith@sun.com, or
 Penelope Bruce, +1-650-786-7220, or penelope.bruce@sun.com, both of Sun
 Microsystems, Inc.
 
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