ROUND ROCK, Texas, July 9, 2003-Dell is helping customers better protect
their information assets from unauthorized access, control or damage by
giving them the option of a more secure or "hardened" configuration.

The new security service, in which Dell activates more than 50 security
settings on Microsoft Windows 2000, helps customers better secure their
systems without adding time nor complexity to their system

This service, available on desktops and notebooks, helps public and
private organizations meet a security benchmark established by the
Center for Internet Security (CIS), whose mission is to help
organizations around the world effectively manage risks related to
information security. CIS is made up of leading companies, universities,
auditing organizations and government agencies.

"Dell is taking a leadership position in providing secure systems to
its customers," said Clint Kreitner, president of CIS. "We hope other
vendors will follow Dell's lead." Dell intends to develop a similar
offering for Windows XP after the benchmark is released by CIS later
this year.

"Protecting data from dangers such as hackers and computer viruses is
a challenge for today's organizations," said Tom Buchsbaum, sales vice
president of Dell's federal sector. "Dell is committed to providing our
customers with technology products that provide a high level of
security, and our work with CIS builds on that commitment."

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