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Anny Way WAP Gateway – Security for Mobile Banking

Dortmund/Germany, 19. March 2001.
The Anny Way WAP Gateway is awarded the "Trusted WAP Gateway" certificate by the German TÜV Informationstechnik GmbH (TÜViT). The WAP Gateway from MATERNA Information & Communications thus becomes the first gateway anywhere in the world to fulfil TÜViTs strict security requirements. The Anny Way WAP Gateway guarantees a fully-protected communication channel between the mobile handset and the back-end system.

For applications such as mobile banking and mobile share trading, a reliable and secure method of transmitting data is essential. With its positive assessment, TÜViT confirms the high security standards of the Anny Way WAP Gateway and its suitability for applications involving the transmission of sensitive data.

Security - the first commandment
In order that data can be transmitted securely and reliably yet remain constantly available, MATERNA uses specially developed security tools such as logging, password authorisation and monitoring tools in its Anny Way WAP Gateway. The Gateway, a UNIX application, has fulfilled the requirements of TÜViT with its technical and organisational security measures. The conversion of protocols received special attention. The translation of WTLS into HTTPS/SSL is carried out in Gateway whereby the data cannot be saved or read without authorisation.
The Anny Way WAP Gateway is the platform for the WAP services from network operators and companies. Among others, these services include WAP portals and mobile messaging services as well as mobile banking and mobile commerce applications. Solutions from MATERNA are already being used by various national and international network operators such as Mobilkom in Austria and VIAG Interkom in Germany.

WAP push pushes WAP
As one of the first gateways the Anny Way WAP gateway is WAP 1.2 enabled. With the new feature WAP push MATERNA offers mobile phone customers the opportunity to subscribe to WAP services for the first time. In this way, companies or service providers can provide their customers with personalised WAP services to which the mobile phone user can react directly. MATERNA is demonstrating an e-mail notification system using WAP push at CeBIT. The message appears as an SMS with the Re. entry of the e-mail. The receiver can now decide whether he wants to read the whole message. The electronic letter can be processed in a variety of ways with a simple click. Different international network operators are testing already the new WAP push services by MATERNA.

TÜV Informationstechnik GmbH
TÜV Informationstechnik GmbH (TÜViT), based in Essen, Germany, is licensed and accredited by the Federal Office of Security (Bundesamt für Sicherheit (BSI)) to carry out general security audits. The Central Credit Committee (Zentraler Kreditausschuss (ZKA)) runs TÜViT as a listed testing authority for components, systems and networks for the credit industry. As an independent adviser, TÜViT increases confidence in the quality, security and economic viability of IT systems. In addition, TÜViT improves the acceptance of products and systems in the credit business, industry and administration. TÜViTs work is based on European and international criteria such as ITSEC, Common Criteria (CC), Home Banking Computer Interface (HBCI) and Secure Electronic Transaction (SET).

About MATERNA Information & Communications
The MATERNA group is a leading software distributor specialising in information and communications technology. The company currently employs over 1,250 members of staff worldwide and achieved a turnover in 2000 of 178 million Euro (DM 349 million). In addition to its headquarters in Dortmund, the company has branch offices throughout the whole of Germany as well as in France, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, the Czech Republic and Hong Kong. MATERNAs Business Unit Information creates e-business solutions for electronic trading on the Internet. The Internet strategy "e3-solutions comprises services in the fields of e-business, e-customer relationship management and e-management. The Business Unit Communications offers products and solutions in the areas of mobile solutions and unified messaging. These primarily include mobile value added services based on WAP and SMS which are marketed under the brand name Anny Way.