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SoftSmiths offers Business Continuity and Cyber Security services

Houston, TX. – March 4, 2003 – Today, SoftSmiths announced the availability of a new technology service offering from SoftSmiths Consulting Services to help utilities and energy companies meet new requirements related to physical and cyber infrastructure protection, disaster recovery, and business continuity planning. SoftSmiths delivers critical e-Business solutions and services that enable energy industry participants to enhance profitability and reliability in the competitive marketplace.

With the anticipated Homeland Security driven requirements to ensure secure and uninterrupted operations of the nation's wholesale electric generation and transmission systems, energy companies realize the need to review their critical technology infrastructure components supporting those operations. SoftSmiths Consulting Services initiated its new service to help energy companies with mission critical services in the area of vulnerability and risk assessment, Business Continuity Planning including disruptive event recovery and restoration, and IT infrastructure build out services for disaster recovery and cyber security.

"With the increased focus on systems and information security, and given today's possible array of cyber and physical infrastructure threats, it has become a top priority for all commercial entities to reduce mission critical vulnerabilities through proper planning and implementation of preventive measures to minimize risk and possible loss", said Hugo Stappers, Director of SoftSmiths. "Our new services address these needs and complement SoftSmiths’ mission critical 24x7 scheduling, trading, risk measurement, accounting, and compliance system solutions for the energy industry."

About SoftSmiths

SoftSmiths is a leading provider of proven business critical Transaction Management Systems and services for Load Serving Entities, Generation Production Entities, Purchasing Selling Entities, and Transmission Providers who operate in physical markets to sell, purchase, trade, and deliver energy in the most efficient and cost- effective way. SoftSmiths’ seamlessly integrated, scalable, and adaptable solutions provide ready-to-deploy, out-of-the-box functionality that is highly configurable and customizable to meet companies' unique needs. SoftSmiths' proven solutions and in-depth knowledge of the industry's business practices allow its customers to automate manual processes, eliminate redundancies, and increase business visibility across the enterprise to allow faster decision making and more informed decisions, thereby improving profitability, operational efficiencies and cash flow. The company has been successfully delivering e-business solutions to energy service companies since 1997.

SoftSmiths is a registered trademark of SoftSmiths, Inc.

Contact Information:

Softsmiths Inc.
Hugo Stappers
Phone:    713.626.9184
Fax:          713.626.0186
Email:      mkt@softsmiths.com
Website:  www.softsmiths.com



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