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BYRES RESEARCH AND EXIDA MERGE TO FORM FIRST SAFETY AND SECURITY CERTIFICATION AND CONSULTING COMPANY

Sellersville, PA - March 31, 2009 - exida, a certification and research firm specializing in safety and high availability automation systems, announced today it has merged with Byres Research, Inc., a leader in critical infrastructure security, to form the world's first company offering functional safety and security certification and consultation.

Because weaknesses in safety and security can lead to the same negative consequences, the intersection of safety systems and cyber security has been gaining increasing attention among companies operating critical petroleum and energy generation facilities.

“The philosophy of Secure by Design is broadening to Safe and Secure by Design,” said Eric Cosman, Dow Chemical Company engineering solutions consultant and co-chair of the ISA 99 Committee on Control System Security.  “Rather than putting band aids on systems after the fact, the trend now is to design security and safety in at the beginning. This announcement makes perfect sense because it brings safety and IT security together under one roof.”

While Byres Research will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of exida, the two companies will combine to offer an impressive depth of expertise to end users and suppliers of industrial automation products and systems.

Eric Byres, chief technology officer, Byres Research, is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in the field of critical infrastructure security.  “There is much to learn from safety engineering on how to provide sound security analysis and services,” he said. “It is a perfect synergy – a mature market joining with an evolving market to get the best from both worlds.”

“We are pleased to welcome Byres Research into the exida family,” said John Cusimano, exida director of security services. “This merger represents a major step in bringing the safety and security communities together with a common goal of helping to protect our critical facilities.”

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  • <p> Now I am confused. The week before last it was announced that exida and Wulrdtech (surely a competitor of Byres?)  had entered into a "strategic partnership" ...  and now exida has bought Byres? </p>

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  • <p>exida's recent announcements regarding Wurldtech and Byres Research have raised some questions that may not be fully addressed in the press releases.<br /> I will attempt to clarify some of them here. </p> <p>Exida's partnership with Wurldtech is focused on product certification services for automation suppliers whereas exida's acquisition of Byres Research is focused on providing consulting services to companies operating critical petro-chemical and energy generation facilities. Specifically, exida is now a licensed provider of Wurldtech's Achilles Certification program and will begin testing and certifying products shortly. This addition will strengthen exida's well known IEC 61508 product safety certification program. </p> <p> Byres Research will continue to offer control system cyber security consulting services and, through integration with exida, will expand operations globally. Eric Byres will continue his role as Chief Technical Officer and Senior Partner of Byres Research. </p> <p> Eric is also Chief Technical Officer of Byres Security Inc., the maker of the Tofino security appliance, which was not acquired by exida and remains an independent corporation. Byres Security relationship with MTL, the manufacturer and a distributor of Tofino, is unaffected by the exida acquisition of Byres Research. </p> <p> Please feel free to contact any of us directly with further questions. </p> <p> John Cusimano<br /> Director of Security Services<br /> Exida<br /> jcusimano@exida.com </p> <p> Eric Byres<br /> CTO &amp; Senior Partner<br /> Byres Research<br /> eric@byressecurity.com </p> <p> Tyler Williams<br /> President &amp; CEO<br /> Wurldtech<br /> twilliams@wurldtech.com </p>

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  • <p>exida's recent announcements regarding Wurldtech and Byres Research have raised some questions that may not be fully addressed in the press releases.<br /> I will attempt to clarify some of them here. </p> <p>Exida's partnership with Wurldtech is focused on product certification services for automation suppliers whereas exida's acquisition of Byres Research is focused on providing consulting services to companies operating critical petro-chemical and energy generation facilities. Specifically, exida is now a licensed provider of Wurldtech's Achilles Certification program and will begin testing and certifying products shortly. This addition will strengthen exida's well known IEC 61508 product safety certification program. </p> <p> Byres Research will continue to offer control system cyber security consulting services and, through integration with exida, will expand operations globally. Eric Byres will continue his role as Chief Technical Officer and Senior Partner of Byres Research. </p> <p> Eric is also Chief Technical Officer of Byres Security Inc., the maker of the Tofino security appliance, which was not acquired by exida and remains an independent corporation. Byres Security relationship with MTL, the manufacturer and a distributor of Tofino, is unaffected by the exida acquisition of Byres Research. </p> <p> Please feel free to contact any of us directly with further questions. </p> <p> John Cusimano<br /> Director of Security Services<br /> Exida<br /> jcusimano@exida.com </p> <p> Eric Byres<br /> CTO &amp; Senior Partner<br /> Byres Research<br /> eric@byressecurity.com </p> <p> Tyler Williams<br /> President &amp; CEO<br /> Wurldtech<br /> twilliams@wurldtech.com </p>

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