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July 9, 2008


Next Generation of Software Piracy Protection, Acresso and Arxan Join Forces

Faster deployment of stronger safeguards to protect software in current and emerging markets

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Santa Clara, CA and Bethesda, MD—July 9, 2008—Acresso Software and Arxan Technologies today announced GuardIT® for FLEXnet® Publisher to help software producers to quickly combat piracy, strengthen application protection and reduce revenue loss.  The new option for Acresso FLEXnet Publisher licensing software utilizes Arxan’s GuardIT application hardening technology to more easily safeguard FLEX-enabled applications against tampering.

FLEXnet Publisher has long-enabled licensing protection of software, while supporting flexible business models. GuardIT for FLEXnet Publisher provides out-of-the-box protection for the appropriate FLEXnet Publisher libraries, so adding protection to software is now an automated process. More information on GuardIT for FLEXnet Publisher is available at http://www.acresso.com/products/installation/flexnet_publisher.htm

Software piracy remains a constant challenge in the industry and the risks increase as software producers expand their business into emerging markets.  According to a 2008 Business Software Alliance/IDC study, 38 percent of PC software worldwide is being used illegally, compromising revenue streams.  [Source: IDC study sponsored by the Business Software Alliance, "The Economic Benefits of Reducing PC Software Piracy," January 2008]

“Piracy and counterfeit software rings have an astounding impact on developers and vendors from a financial and brand integrity perspective,” said Michael Fauscette, Group Vice President, Software Business Solutions, IDC.  “The majority of applications today are unprotected from hackers, leaving software companies open to significant revenue losses.”

“The software industry has long grappled with piracy and code protection, but organizations can no longer accept that it’s simply a cost of doing business,” said Scott Baeder, Anti-Piracy Committee Chairman, Electronic Design Automation Consortium.  “Software developers need a solution that captures the benefits of license management, but one that is also coupled with software intellectual property protection – and more importantly, is easy to deploy.”

GuardIT for FLEXnet Publisher provides:

  • Robust and customizable binary-based protection against sophisticated threats
  • Rapid and automated deployment
  • Control over specific predetermined software areas
  • Strong security without compromising performance or resource requirements

“We are focused on helping our customers protect their assets and uncover revenue opportunities in traditional and emerging markets,” said Mark Bishof, CEO, Acresso Software.  “The focus on fast deployment is a key part of that strategy, recognizing that time to market is critical in today’s competitive industry.”

“Hackers work around the clock to circumvent license management solutions and steal intellectual property.  That’s why Arxan and Acresso have teamed up to make it harder for hackers to be successful in compromising applications,” said Mike Dager, President and CEO, Arxan.  “We’re demonstrating our global commitment to software producers with an application hardening solution that is seamlessly integrated into license management builds – all without impacting software’s performance or source code.”

More information on GuardIT for FLEXnet Publisher is available at http://www.arxan.com/software-protection/GuardITProducts.php#GuardIT_flexnet.  

About Acresso Software
Acresso Software provides solutions that power the business of software for multiple customer segments, including hardware and software producers, engineers and developers, helping them uncover revenue opportunities, streamline their infrastructure and reduce costs. The company’s proven solutions, including the FLEXnet and InstallShield product lines, have been simplifying the business relationship between software and hardware producers and their enterprise and government customers for more than 20 years.  Acresso maximizes the value of the software the world develops and uses.  For more information, please go to: www.acresso.com.

About Arxan Technologies
Arxan Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of application hardening solutions designed to protect software intellectual property (IP) from piracy, tampering, reverse engineering and any manner of theft.  Businesses rely on Arxan to harden applications with intricate and layered protection that mitigates license management piracy and tampering, and safeguards digital media applications to prevent the loss of billions of dollars to unauthorized use.  Our award-winning GuardIT® product takes software security beyond static obfuscation and encryption to dynamically defend, detect and react against application attacks.  Arxan supports a full range of application protection needs, from commercial software anti-piracy to military grade assurance.  For more information, visit www.arxan.com.

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