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Exostar Introduces Remote Identity Proofing Offering With Experian

Standards-compliant Exostar solution offers a video-based verification option
HERNDON, VA, September 10, 2013 ─ Exostar, whose cloud-based solutions enable secure, cost-effective business-to-business collaboration, today announced it has added a standards-compliant remote identity proofing option to its existing identity and access management solution suite. The new service offering allows organizations with large and/or geographically-dispersed communities of employees, partners, and other third-parties to:

- Simplify and streamline the identity vetting and credentialing process;

- Reduce the cost of authenticating remote users, without sacrificing security;

- Support growing communities seamlessly, regardless of scale; and

- Enhance productivity and security across the community by facilitating adoption of stronger authentication requirements for access to applications and data.

"With organizations increasingly relying on global communities, providing and managing access for individuals throughout the community becomes more complex, costly, and critical. Our new remote identity proofing capability makes it easier for our customers and their communities to collaborate effectively while mitigating risk," said Vijay Takanti, Exostar's Vice President of Security and Collaboration. "By combining strong identity verification with equally-strong identity assurance and authentication, we are delivering a compelling single sign-on experience that lets individuals access the information, applications, and supply chain data they need, while simultaneously meeting the security and compliance obligations enterprises demand."

Exostar's remote proofing service significantly reduces the cycle times needed to on-board individuals into a community while balancing identity proofing requirements. The service includes live video-based and online credit bureau-based identity vetting options. The latter leverages the Precise IDSM platform from Experian, one of the leading identity proofing solutions in the public sector. Precise ID has achieved Federal Identity Credential Access Management (FICAM) recognition at Assurance Level 3 for identity proofing. Through Precise ID, Exostar conducts a knowledge-based verification process where an individual must answer questions posed by Experian drawn from the credit-related information it maintains in its databases about that individual.

"Our wins with large government agencies and our FICAM recognition at Assurance Level 3 prove we are clearly moving ahead of the competition when it comes to granting online access to services while also protecting individual users' identities and safeguarding agency and constituent data," said Barbara Rivera, President and General Manager of Experian's public sector business. "By working with Exostar to extend its proven identity and access management cloud-based solutions, we are excited to raise Precise ID's profile in highly-regulated industries such as Aerospace and Defense and Life Sciences where collaboration and protection of sensitive data and intellectual property are paramount."

Exostar's identity and access management suite aligns with levels of assurance 1-4 defined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The new remote proofing service expands Exostar's portfolio of identity proofing solutions, which today satisfy NIST Level 2 to Level 4 identity assurance requirements. Exostar currently is deploying its remote offering to validate identities and issue credentials for a customer with a partner community of nearly 50,000 individuals worldwide.

About Exostar

Exostar powers secure business-to-business information sharing, collaboration and business process integration throughout the value chain. Exostar supports the complex trading needs of many of the world's largest companies in aerospace and defense, life sciences, and other industries. Exostar's cloud-based identity assurance products and business applications reduce risk, improve agility and strengthen trading partner relationships and profitability for nearly 100,000 companies worldwide, including BAE Systems, Bell Helicopter, The Boeing Company, Computer Sciences Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corp., Merck, Newport News Shipbuilding, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Co. and Rolls-Royce. For more information, please visit www.exostar.com.

About Experian

Experian® is the leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to clients around the world. The Group helps businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making. Experian also helps individuals to check their credit report and credit score, and protect against identity theft.

Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Total revenue for the year ended March 31, 2013, was US$4.7 billion. Experian employs approximately 17,000 people in 40 countries and has its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Nottingham, UK; California, US; and São Paulo, Brazil.

For more information, visit http://www.experianplc.com.

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