From: jkw (

To The Supporters of Packet Storm Security:

As you may already be aware, there have been numerous rumors
on the Net recently regarding the revival of Packet Storm
Security through corporate sponsorship. I am pleased to  
announce that the rumours are indeed true, and that Packet 
Storm will now be hosted by Securify, the Information Security 
Group of Kroll-O'Gara.

I have carefully considered the direction and future of PSS 
since it was taken down by Harvard, and have entertained  
innumerable offers from a wide variety of corporate, non-profit,
and private entities to host the site.  Kroll-O'Gara has 
presented me with the most impressive vision and plans for PSS.
Not only does Kroll-O'Gara intend to preserve the original 
ideals and intent of PSS, but they have developed an exciting 
and definitive roadmap for the logical evolution of the site.

Packet Storm Security had reached a stage where it was much
more than a full time job for one person.  For the last year 
I have been working a minimum of 60 hours a week to maintain 
the high quality of the site.

In order to sustain my vision of PSS as *the* resource on the 
Internet for freeware Information Security tools, it became 
necessary to acquire the resources that only a dedicated 
corporate sponsor could provide.  I have talked at length with 
Matt Barrie (PSS Program Manager) at Kroll-O'Gara ISG, and I 
believe that they have grand and noble goals for the future of 
Packet Storm Security.

Unfortunately, I will not be with PSS in the future, however,
because I have recently accepted an extremely enticing offer  
elsewhere in the Information Security industry. I do, 
nevertheless, give my strongest support to the new maintainers 
of the site, and I'm excited about what's in store for the 
future of PSS.

To all of my valued friends and supporters of the site: 
I sincerely hope that you too will continue through your 
contributions and suggestions to help make Packet Storm what 
it was! Your support has been and will continue to be invaluable 
in ensuring that PSS is *the* resource for freeware Information 
Security tools.


Ken Williams
Packet Storm Security

********** PRESS RELEASE **********

For more information, contact: 

Vicky Wu                                Charles Breed 
PR Manager                              VP of Marketing
KVO Public Relations                    Securify, Kroll-O'Gara Company 
(650) 919-2027                          (650) 812-9400 x107              

Matt Barrie


Packet Storm Security is positioned to be the Internet's largest single
source for computer security threat information, tools and patches 

PALO ALTO, Calif., August, 17, 1999  In response to the growing demand for
current and accurate information and tools on computer security, Securify,
the Information Security Group of The Kroll-O'Gara Company (Nasdaq: KROG),
announced today the acquisition of Packet Storm Security; a website 
created and maintained by Ken Williams, a renowned computer security
expert. Averaging over 400,000 hits per day, generating over 7 gigabytes
of traffic, Packet Storm Security is an established resource for many
government agencies and major corporations.

"Packet Storm Security provides a strong, long term Internet presence for
Securify," states Dr. Taher Elgamal, President of Securify. "It is a state
of the art resource for our customers and we see it as the nucleus for a
number of exciting additional security management services."

Packet Storm is one of the largest and most well recognized information
security resources on the Internet today. The site consists of over 45,000
security related programs, such as up to date tools, patches, advisories,
vulnerabilities. Considering this massive repository of information, 
Packet Storm Security is the ideal site for finding up-to-date information
on the latest threats that face corporate networks and computer systems.
This site has been frequented by system administrators, engineers,
programmers, from organizations such as AT&T, DoD, NSA, FBI, IBM,
Microsoft, GTE, ISS, KPMG, E&Y, InterNIC, Alcatel, NCSC, McAfee, NIST,
USAF, Sprint CA, UK Govt., Mitre, Allied Signal, and CitiGroup bank. 

"Our customers have asked for a single source data point to inform and
educate them on the ever increasing number of information security
threats," states Jules Kroll, CEO and Chairman of Kroll-O'Gara Inc. "We
will be dedicating a significant effort to making this site extremely
useful for anyone involved with computer security."

Packet Storm Security is in the process of being updated and refined prior
to being posted in September at

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About Securify, the Information Security Group of Kroll-O'Gara
Securify, the Information Security Group of Kroll-O^Gara is composed of
highly regarded industry experts that provide objective information
security services to businesses and government agencies.  These services
include network and system security review and repair, product assessment,
the creation and implementation of secure e-commerce sites, architecture
and design. 

They also employ internally developed proprietary software that combines
best-of-breed security tools and client information to analyze and assess
network security issues as a scientific discipline.  Their approach 
employs standard, well-tested methodology, and treats security as both a
business and a technical issue.  The Information Security Group is unique
in the security field in that it not only provides the assessment and
recommendations, but also actual implementation and deployment.  For more
information, please access their web site at, or contact
the company at (650) 812-9400. Contact Vicki Wu of KVO Public Relations at
(650) 919-2027.

About The Kroll-O'Gara Company 
The Kroll-O'Gara Company is a leading global provider of a broad range of
specialized products and services designed to supply solutions to a 
variety of security needs.  Kroll-O'Gara provides governments, business,
and individuals with information, analysis, training, and products to
mitigate the growing risks associated with white-collar crimes, fraud,
physical attacks, threats of violence, and uninformed decisions based upon
incomplete or inaccurate information.  The company is organized into four
primary business groups:  Investigations & Intelligence Group, Security
Products & Services Group, Voice and Data Security Group, and the
Information Security Group.  Based in New York City, New York, and
Fairfield, Ohio, Kroll-O'Gara employs more than 2,600 people in 60 offices
and plants around the world.  For more information, please access the
company's web sites at or