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Press Release

COPPIN STATE UNIVERSITY SELECTS FISCHER INTERNATIONAL FOR COMPLETE IDENTITY MANAGEMENT SOLUTION

Fischer’s Next-Generation Architecture, Built-in Compliance and Oracle-PeopleSoft Validation Prove Essential to Customer

Naples, FL (July 12, 2005) -- Fischer International, thought leaders in Identity Management, today announced that Coppin State University has selected Fischer Identity Suite 2.0 as its university-wide identity management solution which includes provisioning, compliance, password management, user self service, and mobile identity management. Displacing an existing identity management solution, Fischer was selected for its next generation architecture which incorporates compliance at no additional cost, validated Oracle-PeopleSoft identity management interface, and the company’s demonstrated commitment to work with Coppin to ensure success.

Prior to the availability of Fischer Identity Suite, Coppin State University sought and selected an identity management solution to reduce the time and cost the University was spending to support the identity and access needs of thousands of users. While Coppin State faced many challenges with their original identity management solution, their primary issue moving forward stemmed from the solution's design: an integration of disparate identity management components created by multiple vendors through acquisition. In short, the Coppin State University IT staff spent a significantly disproportionate amount of time on customization and making the disparate components work together as required.

“Fischer has a legacy of doing what's right versus what's expedient,” said Reneé Bacherman, President and CEO of Fischer International. “To provide substantial and long-term value, identity management must be addressed as an integration technology. The solution must be architected to embrace virtually every application, user interface, and access method in an enterprise, and audit every identity event. That's exactly what Fischer provides.”

“Fischer is the natural choice for Coppin State University. Their solution has the core competencies we need in an identity management solution, the Oracle-PeopleSoft validation which is critical for ensuring secure and reliable connectivity with our HR system, all built within a modern SOA framework,” said Dr. Ahmed El-Haggan. “Plus, quite frankly, we had immediate synergy with Fischer. I went looking to invest in a product and I came back with the best identity management suite available and a commitment that Fischer is as dedicated to our success as we are.”

Coppin State University also purchased Fischer International’s iFly™, the self-service wireless component of its Identity Suite. With the proliferation of mobile device use, Dr. El-Haggan plans to deploy the iFly capability to satisfy user demand for secure password reset and synchronization anytime, anywhere.

“We’re very pleased about our new partnership with Coppin State University,” said Reneé Bacherman, President and CEO of Fischer International. “As we continue to see the demand for identity management solutions that are ready to meet today’s enterprise demands, more organizations like Coppin State will be able to capitalize on the value our next-generation solution brings to the table.”

About Coppin State University

Located in Northwest Baltimore, Coppin State University is a HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) that was founded in Baltimore City in 1900. A liberal arts university, Coppin provides academic programs in the arts and sciences, teacher education, nursing, graduate studies, and continuing education. A fully accredited urban, residential campus, Coppin serves Baltimore residents, as well as students from around the world, with flexible course schedules that include convenient day, evening, and weekend classes. Coppin is named after the legendary, pioneering educator Fanny Jackson Coppin. Coppin continues to fulfill its unique mission of primarily focusing on the problems, needs and aspirations of the people of Baltimore’s central city and its immediate metropolitan area. For additional information, please visit www.coppin.edu http://www.coppin.edu.

About Fischer International

Fischer International was founded in 1982 by Addison Fischer, a security visionary whose many accomplishments are recognized globally. Headquartered in Naples, Florida, Fischer International has a distinguished history of innovation and thought leadership in the security industry. Fischer continues this tradition by being the first to deliver the next-generation of Identity Management. The solution, Fischer Identity Suite, is built upon DataForum™, Fischer’s standards-based provisioning, approval, and compliance engine. By design, the engine is an integration technology as Fischer recognized that integration is the lifeblood of enterprise Identity Management. Additionally, compliance is organically incorporated throughout because compliance must be part of the DNA in any Identity Management solution. Like all Fischer solutions, the Fischer Identity Suite will stand the test of time. For additional information, please visit www.FischerInternational.com

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Dennis McDermott
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Fischer International
(239) 436-2606
dennis.mcdermott@fisc.com