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   New Board Members for Internet Security
            Company Hi/fn, Inc.

    LOS GATOS, Calif., March 4, 1999 -- Network security specialist
Hi/fn, Inc., (Nasdaq: HIFN) recently appointed three new members to its board
of directors: Taher Elgamal, Ph.D., Robert W. Johnson, Ph.D., and
Albert E. Sisto.
    Dr. Elgamal, formerly Chief Scientist of Netscape Communications Corp., is
the founder of Securify, a Kroll-O'Gara company that assesses the security
efforts of companies on the Internet. While at Netscape he pioneered Internet
security technologies such as SSL (Secure Socket Layer), the standard for web
security. He also served as Director of Engineering at RSA Data Security,
Inc., where he produced the industry standard RSA cryptographic toolkits.
Dr. Elgamal received his Ph.D. from Stanford University.
    Robert Johnson is a private investor and a former principal and partner of
Southern California Ventures, a private venture capital firm. He is currently
on the board of directors of high-tech public companies Stac Software, Inc.,
and ViaStat, Inc. Mr. Johnson holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from
Stanford University and Harvard University.
    Albert Sisto is Chief Operating Officer at RSA Data Security, a provider
of widely used encryption technology and a subsidiary of Security Dynamics.
He previously held the position of Chairman, President and CEO of Documagix, a
developer of document imaging software. Mr. Sisto is a director with publicly
traded Jetfax, Inc., Insignia Solutions plc and Tekgraf, Inc. He is also on
the board of nCipher and Trintech Group Ltd. Mr. Sisto holds a B.E. degree
from the Stevens Institute of Technology.
    "The business of Internet security is at the core of what we do," says
Raymond J. Farnham, Hi/fn chairman and chief executive officer. "We are
delighted to have Dr. Elgamal and Mr. Sisto on our board of directors because
of their extensive knowledge and experience in the critical field of
communications security. Mr. Johnson's leadership and technology industry
contacts will be exceptionally beneficial to Hi/fn as we expand our business
and our network of alliances. Each of these outstanding individuals brings a
combination of technical and business expertise that is invaluable to our
    Hi/fn, Inc. of Los Gatos, California makes integrated circuits and
software for manufacturers of computer networking products. Hi/fn's integrated
compression-encryption technology is central to the growth of the Internet,
helping to make electronic mail, web browsing and Internet shopping faster and
more secure. Nearly all network equipment manufacturers use Hi/fn's patented
technology to improve data packet processing. Hi/fn was founded in 1996 and
started trading on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange under the HIFN symbol in
December 1998.
    For more information, contact: Hi/fn, Inc., 750 University Avenue,
Los Gatos, CA, 95032. Phone: 408-399-3500. Fax: 408-399-3501.

    Forward-Looking Statement Notice
    This press release contains forward-looking statements that are   subject to
risk and uncertainties, including risks associated with the success   of the
ongoing technology development efforts, the ability to successfully   integrate
new technology into products in a cost-effective manner, the timing   of new
product introductions, intense competition in the network and storage
equipment industries and the significant uncertainty of market acceptance of
new products. These and other risks are detailed from time to time in Hi/fn's
SEC reports as well as in Hi/fn's registration statement on Form S-3.
    NOTE: Hi/fn is a registered trademark of Hi/fn, Inc. All other trademarks
are the property of their respective owners.

CONTACT: Joe Gagliano of Hi/fn, Inc., 408-399-3543, or

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