RELEASE: Merdan Group greenlights Irdeto, content companies come a'knockin'

Irdeto IPTV security solution successfully completes rigorous audit by respected security experts -Irdeto SoftClient undergoes first full IPTV audit by the Merdan Group- Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, 7 November, 2006 – Irdeto, the proven expert in content security for digital TV, IPTV and mobile, announced today that it has successfully completed a full audit of its Irdeto IPTV with SoftClient content security solution by one of the industry’s most respected security experts, Merdan Group, Inc. of San Diego, California. Unlike other IPTV security companies that have only undergone partial audits, Irdeto is the first to complete an audit of its full, software-based, end-to-end IPTV security system. The Irdeto IPTV SoftClient is a software security client for the protection of broadcast, on-demand and PVR content on IP networks. Based on nearly 40 years of experience in the pay TV industry, Irdeto’s software-based solution uses patented technologies to provide smart card-level security. The solution is integrated with a variety of industry-leading set top boxes, VOD servers and middleware solutions to provide ease of deployment for telco and broadband operators. Since the company delivered the first content security system for DVB satellite TV in 1995, Irdeto has worked with security experts like T-Systems, Farncombe, Logica-CMG and Ernst & Young to perfect its pay TV security systems, and in doing so, provide the highest possible level of security to its more than 300 customers worldwide. Third-party evaluation is now a company standard for all Irdeto’s products, including its IPTV product line. "Irdeto approached us to carry out a complete security audit on their IPTV software-based solution, SoftClient," said Gilbert Huey, president of Merdan Group. "The results of our security audit indicate that, based upon our professional opinion, all aspects of the system meet or exceed robustness at the sophisticated hacking level." Security specialists like Merdan Group do not give content security vendors their blanket "approval," nor can a company "pass" such an audit. Nevertheless, content owners are applying extra scrutiny to the relatively new software-based IPTV security solutions and often use third-party audit reports, such as Merdan’s, as an important criterion when licensing content to pay TV operators. "Irdeto has done an outstanding job of developing an IPTV security solution that helps operators to get the content they need to launch a successful service," said Stewart Palmer, V.P. of engineering at Irdeto. "The results of the Merdan Group audit in combination with Irdeto’s many world class partners like Nortel and Huawei will give our customers complete confidence that they’ve chosen a winning solution for their IPTV business."