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Cygnus Business Media Creates Law Enforcement Portal with Acquisition of Officer.com

Leading B2B media company nets top law enforcement Website and expands advertisers' reach into growing industry

College Park, MD (July 7, 2003) - Cygnus Business Media, a leading diversified business-to-business media company, announced today that it has acquired Massachusetts-based Officer.com. The portal is the leading site serving the law enforcement community. Cygnus' media portfolio includes Law Enforcement Product News and Law Enforcement Technology, two top business publications successfully serving this marketplace.

Cygnus has strong expertise building highly effective business-to-business web portals. Among its more than 60 industry websites, its Firehouse.com portal is the most visited site on the Web for the fire and emergency services community with over 500,000 unique visitors each month accounting for more than eight million page views monthly. Collaboration between Firehouse.com and the Company's Firehouse magazine, Public Safety Product News, Firehouse World Expo, Firehouse Expo and the Firehouse-on-the-Road Workshop Series have all contributed to its success which together provides the most comprehensive fire and emergency service marketing solution anywhere.

"We will do for law enforcement with Officer.com what we've done for the fire, rescue and the EMS community with Firehouse.com," says Cygnus Business Media President & CEO Paul Mackler. "Our strategic business model successfully blends print, live and interactive media products into distinctive, integrated marketing offerings allowing our customers to reach thousands upon thousands of decision makers cost-effectively in each market we serve."

"This acquisition will provide more opportunities for the nearly one million law enforcement officers nationwide," says Dave Iannone, Publisher of Cygnus Public Safety Interactive. "As Officer.com collaborates with our other Cygnus media properties within the law enforcement sector, users will see upgrades and new features including current news, expanded forums, profiles, branded email and more."

"Companies looking to deliver their marketing message to law enforcement decision makers using a variety of different media products will be offered unique marketing opportunities through Cygnus' leading publishing and online media products," adds Pat Bernardo, Group Publisher of Law Enforcement Technology and Law Enforcement Product News.

Officer.com launched in 1996 and is the leading website for the law enforcement industry with 130,000 unique visitors and 1.7 million page views monthly. The site currently offers news, forums, chat rooms and an online directory.

"Cygnus clearly has the resources, knowledge and experience to take Officer.com to the next level, and to further enhance this leading website for law enforcement professionals " says Officer.com owner James Meredith, himself a police sergeant in a large metropolitan city. "The strong support and collaboration that Officer.com will receive from Law Enforcement Technology and Law Enforcement Product News will be a valuable asset."

Mr. Meredith will stay on as a consultant. The site will be managed from Cygnus' College Park, Maryland offices leveraging its Interactive staff's knowledge, expertise and resources.

In November of 2002, Cygnus acquired The Fire-EMS Information Network (www.Fire-EMS.net) as an extension of Firehouse.com. The acquisition provided access to thousands of emergency service professionals and created the Web's largest directory of emergency service sites.

Cygnus Business Media's online media properties are a rapidly growing part of the $110 million B2B media company. Online page views for Firehouse.com totaled nearly 90 million for 2002 and are projected to number over 100 million for 2003. Cygnus' additional Websites together accounted for another 10 million page views and more than half a million unique visitors in 2002.

For more information about Cygnus Business Media's integrated marketing solutions, log onto www.Cygnusb2b.com.