Lantronix Rolls Out AES-certified Secure Device Servers

3/17/2004 - Lantronix®, Inc. (Nasdaq: LTRX), announced the SecureBoxTM SDS1100 and 2100, the first device servers certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to meet government Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS-197) for ensuring secure data communication at Advanced Encryption Standards (AES) levels. The SecureBox products provide a complete end-to-end solution for network-enabling physical assets, such as building security control panels, and ensuring that the information within these devices can be securely accessed and transmitted over a network or the Internet.

Both of the new Lantronix SecureBox models passed the rigorous testing by NIST to achieve the certification for AES-encryption, a government-mandated standard for data communications based on the Federal Information Management Security Act. AES is the algorithm for encrypting data being transferred across networks within government organizations, or between them and their contractors, ensuring that this information can only be read by the original sender and the intended recipient.

“Lantronix is the leader in device networking for the security industry, and with our new SecureBox line, we've just raised the bar even higher,” said Marc Nussbaum , CEO of Lantronix. “We're the first, and currently the only company offering AES-certified device servers that meet the stringent new security requirements of the U.S. government.” The SecureBox line will be targeted initially at meeting the needs of security device OEMs, Systems Integrators and VARs that provide products such as access control systems, biometric readers and time & attendance clocks for government entities. “Our SecureBox products are complete device networking solutions, giving OEMs and Systems Integrators a very fast and easy way to address the AES encryption requirement on their current and future government contracts”, Nussbaum added.

While AES encryption is initially being driven by the U.S. government, this higher security standard is likely to spread to other areas, including commercial applications. “As a result of Homeland Security initiatives, the government is starting to force the issue of security in the private sector. Businesses will need to establish and demonstrate their ability to handle attacks to both their physical and data network infrastructures,” said John Williams, Managing Director of the Focal Point Group. “So the AES encryption standard may become more common and adopted for networked devices in critical non-governmental environments like power stations, financial institutions and hospitals. As the first company to deliver AES-certified device servers, Lantronix is well-positioned to help businesses and public agencies achieve some of the highest levels of data security.”

The SecureBox SDS1100 and SDS2100 are single and dual port external device servers respectively, that incorporate Lantronix' proven hardware, firmware and software utilities. Key features include a 10/100 Fast Ethernet interface, a broad 9-30 vdc power input range, 128-256 bit FIPS-197 certified AES encryption and lockdown security features in the firmware so the devices can be closed to all but encrypted communications. Both products will also offer Secure Com Port Redirector software, providing a complete end-to-end encrypted solution for secure data communications.

The SecureBox line will be available in early April and can be purchased directly from Lantronix or through an authorized reseller. The products will also be on display in the Lantronix booth (#25113) at the ISCWest show in Las Vegas (March 31-April 2).

About Lantronix, Inc.
Lantronix, Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRX) provides technology solutions that deliver Net IntelligenceTM, helping businesses rapidly network-enable their physical electronic devices and remotely manage network infrastructure equipment. Lantronix connectivity solutions securely link a company's electronic assets through the network, allow access to business-critical data within each device and convert that data into actionable information. With this new intelligence, companies can achieve greater efficiencies, reduce resource consumption and proactively transform the way they do business. The leader in device networking and secure remote management solutions, Lantronix was founded in 1989 and has its worldwide headquarters in Irvine , California . For more information about the company, visit

Among the important factors or risks that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements in this release are: business and economic conditions and growth trends in our industry and target markets, as well as the geographic regions we serve, and the rate of adoption of encryption standards.

Although any projections included in this release and the factors influencing them will likely change, the Company undertakes no obligation to update the information. Such information speaks only as of the date of this release.

Lantronix is a registered trademark of Lantronix, Inc; Net Intelligence and SecureBox are trademarks of Lantronix, Inc.

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