Sun Powers MasterCard SecureCode Hosted Service with Java, Solaris

9/9/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) announced that MasterCard International has chosen to run the MasterCard SecureCode hosted service on Sun Fire servers running Java technology and the Solaris Operating Platform. Arcot, a Sun iForce partner, is providing its e-payments authentication software, TransFort, to facilitate implementation of MasterCard SecureCode onto the servers. This hosted service, offered to issuing members worldwide, enables MasterCard and Maestro issuers to protect confidential cardholder data over the Internet, providing cardholder authentication and an enhanced payment guarantee.

"Recognizing the varying needs of card issuers, MasterCard is committed to providing issuers with a broad array of security solutions for authenticating their cardholders, while preserving a common cardholder experience across platforms," said Stephen Orfei, senior vice president and head of MasterCard Internationalís e-Commerce and e-B2B Center of Excellence. "Working with industry leaders like Sun and Arcot is an important part of developing a secure and reliable platform to make that happen."

"A company like MasterCard has many choices when considering which technology vendors to work with," said David Littlewood, Director of Financial Services Worldwide for Sun. "MasterCard and Sun have a long and rewarding history working together to reduce complexity and total cost of ownership. We look forward to continue delivering tomorrow's technology today, and partnering with such leaders as Arcot to deliver a complete solution." Sun and its partners are committed to developing new technologies and solutions that slash the cost and complexity of building, running and evolving network computing.

According to a recent report issued by Celent Communications, credit card fraud will cost the e-commerce industry more than $8 billion over the next four years. MasterCard SecureCode enables issuers to choose from a broad array of security solutions for authenticating their cardholders while preserving a common cardholder experience across platforms. Issuer choices in the MasterCard SecureCode program include MasterCardís PC Authentication Program, MasterCardís Chip Authentication Program and the MasterCard Implementation of 3-D Secure.

MasterCard SecureCode runs on several Sun Fire V880 servers for database management and more than a dozen Sun Fire 280R servers to run the Sun ONE software suite. A second phase for several more Sun Fire V880 servers is being planned to address growing demand for the service.

The Solaris Operating System and Sun servers allow companies to isolate customer data away from security and privacy breaches. Sun has a proven history of developing secure systems which has been validated by independent labs across the world against the Common Criteria standard. The Solaris system is typically more secure against PC-style viruses and worms due to Sunís built-in protection against buffer overflows and Ďdenial of serviceí attacks. The system has been built with security in mind from the ground up, and has been integrating security into its platform for over twenty years.

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