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2007-05-08 16:58:00

Clareity Security Releases FREE Single Sign-On Code

SCOTTSDALE, AZ, May 8, 2007 –Clareity Security will release a free software toolkit to facilitate open-standards-based Single Sign-On (SSO) after the upcoming National Assn. of REALTORS® (NAR) Midyear meetings in Washington DC. Funded in part by NAR, this release will be the culmination of over a year of work coordinating cooperation among many leading real estate software vendors. This technology, when integrated with real estate software, will allow people using multiple applications to log in once for all applications, rather than logging into each one separately.

Using the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0 standard, the free software toolkit will allow software vendors to cooperate efficiently and securely, without use of proprietary SSO products that have previously hindered cooperation between real estate software vendors. InternetCrusade and Point2 recently achieved SSO by using the open SAML 2.0 standard, and their resounding success demonstrates how well open standards can work without use of proprietary products.

Though Clareity Security is creating this software, Clareity will not own it -- it will be freely available to the real estate technology community and integrated with the RETS standard. Use of non-proprietary software is key to industry-wide SSO, since if any vendor or organization tries to own or control the method of SSO interaction, others will not agree to use it – and cross-vendor cooperation is critical to the success of SSO.

Russ Bergeron CEO of SoCal MLS, currently engaged in a Single Sign-On pilot with Clareity Security, notes that, "With non-proprietary SSO we are now well positioned to work with each other and our service partners. At SoCalMLS we have close relationships with Fidelity's rDesk and PinPoint, eNeighborhood's Marketing Suite and MLS Alliance, integration of Firstam's Realist and Tempo systems, and more. No matter where our customers want to go - whether it be the MLS or their broker's back office system -- we can enable them to seamlessly access what they need."

According to Gregg Petch, Vice President and CIO of MRIS, "Including non-proprietary Single Sign-On (SSO) with the MLS system is an important next step for RETS. As a seven-year participant in the RETS Working Group MRIS is pleased with the participation of engineers from Clareity Security in the RETS Security Work Group. Clareity Security's commitment to open standards will add security expertise and valuable resources to this important initiative." MRIS is excited to announce the deployment of SSO along with the rollout of Clareity Security SAFEMLS strong authentication to its over 60,000 brokers and agents in 2007. MRIS and Clareity Security will be working closely with the vendors and brokers that participate in this market to implement the free SSO toolkit.

Gregg Larson, the CEO of Clareity Security, "It's an honor for Clareity Security to be trusted by so many vendors and MLS operators and we thank NAR for facilitating Single Sign-On in our industry".

The Single Sign-On software toolkit and documentation will be freely available from the Clareity Security web site, www.ClareitySecurity.com, in May 2007, after the NAR midyear meetings.

About Clareity Security

Clareity Security, LLC is a leading provider of security products and services for the real estate industry. Its SAFEMLS® and SAFETMS™ products help real estate professionals easily and effectively safeguard sensitive MLS and consumer information against unauthorized access. Clareity Security also provides network security services, Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances, and other IT security solutions in partnership with companies such as with Secure Computing (NASDAQ: SCUR), a provider of global security solutions. Additional information is available at http://www.ClareitySecurity.com

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