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World’s leading supplier honored for strength of technology and full understanding of security issues in Middle Eastern market

16 January 2003- Computer Associates (CA) today announced that it has been named “Best Enterprise Security Solutions Provider” in the prestigious Middle East IT Awards. CA was recognized for the success of its world-class eTrust family of security solutions and services, and for its achievements in the Middle East enterprise marketplace.

CA was initially nominated for the award in an online poll of IT and higher education professionals, making the final shortlist of security solutions providers because of its popularity in the region. Companies on this shortlist were then carefully judged by an independent panel, who examined their performance across a range of criteria, including innovation and research, speed of response to new security threats, infrastructure protection and service standards. After an exhaustive evaluation, CA emerged as the clear winner.

“CA’s eTrust security solutions provide risk-sensitive chief information officers with the most comprehensive and effective line of enterprise-strength security products in the industry,” said Dan van der Westhuizen, regional manager of Computer Associates Africa and Middle East, while collecting the award. “We are very gratified that the Middle East IT Awards have recognized our achievements as the leading supplier of IT security software.”

The security solutions sector in the Middle East has become highly competitive in recent years and demands high standards in products and services. Computer Associates – Middle East (CA-ME) has performed strongly in the sector, building its success upon the eTrust portfolio. Supporting its vision of enterprise-wide integrated security, CA provides solutions in the three critical areas of Identity Management, Access Management and Threat Management, managed through a centralized Security Command Center.

“The judges were highly impressed by CA’s holistic understanding of all the issues of IT security management, as well as the depth and flexibility of its technology. These factors, combined with CA-ME’s world-class assessment, implementation and training services in the local market, make them a worthy winner in this year’s awards,” said Ali Kamali, chairman of the organizing committee for the awards.

“The eTrust family of solutions and services enable companies to integrate different security products and technology - both eTrust and non eTrust - into a single security management platform. That way, organizations have control over their diverse systems and are protected from any kind of threat,” commented Abdul Karim Riyaz, director, eTrust security solutions, Computer Associates Middle East.

Operating out of eight offices in the Middle East, CA-ME has various eTrust clients spread across the region including banking, oil and gas, government, educational as well as manufacturing and health care organizations. CA-ME provides independent assessment, training and educational courses in the IT security area and has a network of value-added resellers covering the region.

“CA-ME has invested heavily in skilled human resources and consulting best practices to provide Middle Eastern organizations the best solutions to complex IT issues. CA’s eTrust suite has been a proven leader in the security solutions area. We’re delighted that the collective strength of our solutions has been rewarded at the Middle East IT awards,” added Riyaz.

Photo caption: His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum chairman of Dubai Technology, E-Commerce and Media Free Zone presents the “Best Enterprise Security Solutions” award to Dan van der Westhuizen, regional manager of Computer Associates Africa and Middle East.

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About the Seventh Middle East IT Awards
The Awards are a non-profit industry development program that promotes the development and growth of the information technology industry in the Middle East region. Awards are given in various categories to recognize and reward the outstanding achievements of the IT industry and provide small-to-medium enterprises that are developing cutting-edge technologies with an ideal platform for exposure in an international arena. The Awards are application-based to encourage involvement across a spectrum of industries that IT supports.

About Computer Associates Middle East
Computer Associates Middle East (CA-ME) manages the Middle East operations of Computer Associates International (NYSE: CA). With headquarters in Riyadh, CA-ME employs over 80 professionals and maintains other offices in Al-Khobar and Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, as well as in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Our world-class solutions address all aspects of eBusiness management through industry-leading brands: Unicenter for infrastructure management, eTrust for security management, BrightStor for storage management, CleverPath for portal and business intelligence, AllFusion for application life cycle management, Advantage for data management and application development, and Jasmine for object-oriented database technology. Offering CA solutions that are used by 99% of the Fortune 500 companies in over 100 countries as well as many of the largest organisations in government, banking, telecommunications, manufacturing, oil and gas sectors in the Middle East, CA-ME is the leading provider of eBusiness management solutions in the region. For more information please visit us at: http://www.ca-me.com/

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