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                          SECURE COMPUTING CORPORATION
                              EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

THIS AGREEMENT is made the first day of October, 1998 BETWEEN SECURE COMPUTING
CORPORATION of One Almaden Blvd., San Jose, California 95113, United States of
America, its subsidiaries, affiliates, successors and assigns (together "the
Company"); and PATRICK REGESTER, 71 Copperkins Lane, Amersham, HP6 5RA England,
("the Employee").

WHEREBY it is agreed as follows:


1.1   Your employment began on 2/1/97 ("the Start Date") and your period of
      continuous employment for statutory purposes also began on 2/1/97.

1.2   Your employment shall (subject to the provisions of Clause 9) be for an
      indefinite period and shall be terminable by either the Company giving to
      you or you giving to the Company twelve (12) months notice in writing,
      such notice to expire at any time.

1.3   The Company may at its absolute discretion elect to terminate your
      employment with immediate effect by paying you salary in lieu of notice.


2.1   You shall during the continuance of your employment:

      2.1.1 serve the Company to the best of your ability in the capacity of
            Vice President, International Operations, and perform the duties
            associated with such position; and

      2.1.2 work at the Company's UK Headquarters office at 9 Shaftesbury Court,
            Chalvey Park, Slough, Berkshire SL1 2ER, and travel to such other
            place of business of the Company as the CEO may reasonably require
            for the proper performance and exercise of your duties;

      2.1.3 on reasonable notice attend Executive Staff meetings at such
            locations as shall be directed by the CEO or the Company;

      2.1.4 at all times and in all respects comply with the lawful and
            reasonable directions of the CEO or the Company; and

      2.1.5 shall devote your full time and attention to the business of the
            Company and shall not, without the prior written consent of the CEO
            or the Company, engage in any other trade or business.


3.1   The Company shall pay you during the continuance of your employment a
      salary (which shall accrue from day to day) at the rate of US $160,000 per
      year. Your salary shall be


      payable by equal monthly installments in arrears on or about the 30th of
      each calendar month and subject to annual review by the CEO may be
      adjusted upwards only.

3.2   You shall be entitled to a car allowance of US $9,000 per year, taxes on
      this amount are your responsibility.

3.3   Your commission plan will be determined by the CEO and may be revised
      annually at the sole discretion of the CEO.

3.4   You shall also be entitled to all rights and benefits for which you shall
      be eligible under deferred bonus, pension, group insurance, profit-sharing
      or other Company benefits which may be in force from time to time and
      provided for the Company's executives generally.

3.5   You have been granted a total of one hundred twenty-nine thousand, six
      hundred forty-one (129,641) stock options in the following increments: a)
      sixty thousand (60,000) non-qualified options vesting over three (3)
      years, one-third (1/3rd) each year; b) participation in the Secure
      Computing Executive Stock Option Program under which you are eligible for
      an additional sixty thousand (60,000) options upon the achievement of
      stock price points as described in the option agreement letter; and c)
      nine thousand, six hundred and forty-one (9,641) non-qualified options
      vesting over three (3) years, one-third (1/3rd) each year.


4.1   The Company shall refund to you out of pocket expenses properly and
      reasonable incurred by you (including all reasonable traveling,
      accommodation, entertainment and other similar out-of-pocket expenses) in
      or about the performance of your duties, provided you submit appropriate
      evidence including receipts, invoices, tickets and/or vouchers (as may be
      appropriate) of the expenditure.


5.1   You will be entitled to 20 working days paid annual holiday to be taken at
      times approved of by and agreed with the CEO in advance. Unused vacation
      does not carry over into the following year. The holiday year is 1st
      January to 31st December.


6.1   During periods of absence from work due to sickness or injury you will be
      entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) subject to and in accordance with the
      relevant statutory rules which apply for time to time. Your qualifying
      days for SSP purposes are Monday to Friday inclusive of both days.


7.1   Subject to the relevant provisions of the Patents Act 1977 the Registered
      Designs Act 1949 and the Copyright Designs and Patent Act 1988 if at any
      time in the course of your employment you make or discover or participate
      in the making or discovery of any Intellectual Property relating to or
      capable of being used in the business of the Company you shall immediately
      disclose full details of such Intellectual Property to the Company and at


      the request and expense of the Company you shall do all things which may
      be necessary or desirable for obtaining appropriate forms of protection
      for the Intellectual Property in such parts of the world as may be
      specified by the Company and for vesting all rights in the same in the
      Company or its nominee.

7.2   You irrevocably appoint the Company to be your attorney in your name and
      on your behalf to sign execute or do any instrument or thing and generally
      to use your name for the purpose of giving to the Company or its nominee
      the full benefit of the provisions of this Clause and in favour of any
      third party a certificate in writing signed by any director or the
      secretary of the Company that any instrument or act falls within the
      authority conferred by this Clause shall be conclusive evidence that such
      is the case.

7.3   You waive all moral rights (as defined in the Copyright Designs and
      Patents Act 1988) in respect of any acts of the Company or any acts of
      third parties done with the Company's authority in relation to any
      Intellectual Property which is the property of the Company by virtue of
      Clause 7.1 above.

7.4   All rights and obligations under this Clause in respect of Intellectual
      Property made or discovered by you during your employment shall continue
      in full and force and effect after the termination of your employment and
      shall be binding upon your personal representatives.


8.1   You acknowledge that the Company possess and will continue to possess
      confidential information which is of commercial value to the business of
      the Company and that your employment creates a relationship of confidence
      and trust between you and the Company in respect thereof.

8.2   You must not (other than in the proper performance of your duties or
      without the written consent of the Company or unless ordered by a court of
      competent jurisdiction) at any time whether during the continuance of your
      employment or after its termination disclose or communicate to any person
      or use for your own benefit or the benefit of any person other than the
      Company any Confidential Information which may come to your knowledge in
      the course of your employment and you shall during the continuance of your
      employment use your best endeavors to prevent the unauthorized publication
      or misuse of any confidential information provided that such restrictions
      shall cease to apply to any confidential information which may enter the
      public domain other that through your default.

8.3   All notes and memorandum of any trade secret or confidential information
      concerning the business of the Company and or any of its suppliers,
      agents, distributors, customers or others which shall have been acquired
      received or made by you during the course of your employment shall be the
      property of the Company and shall be surrendered by you to someone duly
      authorized in the behalf at the termination of your employment or at the
      request of the Company at any time during the course of your employment.


9.1   Your employment may be terminated by the Company without notice or
      payments in lieu of notice:


      9.1.1 if you are guilty of any gross default or misconduct in connection
            with or affecting the business of the Company to which you are
            required by this Agreement to render services; or

      9.1.2 in the event that you commit any serious or repeated breach or
            non-observance of any of the stipulations contained in this
            Agreement; or

      9.1.3 if you are convicted of any arrestable criminal offense (other than
            an offense under road traffic legislation in the United Kingdom or
            elsewhere for which a fine or non-custodial penalty is imposed).

9.2   On the termination of your employment you must return all Company property
      including, but not limited to, any Company equipment, company car,
      computer discs, books, keys, documents, correspondence, records, credit
      cards and passes which are in your possession or under your control and,
      if required to do so by the Company, sign a declaration that you have
      complied with these obligations.

9.3   You shall not at any time after the termination of your employment
      represent yourself as being interested in or employed by or in any way
      connected with the Company.


10.1  For statutory purposes there is not formal disciplinary procedure in
      relation to your employment. You shall be expected to maintain the highest
      standards of integrity and behavior.

10.2  If you are not satisfied with any disciplinary decision taken in relation
      to your employment you may apply in writing within 14 days of that
      decision to the CEO whose decision shall be final.

10.3  If you have any grievance in relation to your employment you may raise it
      in writing with the CEO whose decision shall be final.


11.1  Any notice to be given under this Agreement shall be given in writing and
      shall be deemed to be sufficiently served by one party on the other if it
      is delivered personally or is sent by registered or recorded delivery
      pre-paid post (air mail if overseas) addressed to either the Company's
      principal office for the time being (marked for the attention of the
      Chairman of the Compensation) or the Employee's last known address as the
      case may be.

11.2  Any notice sent by post shall be deemed (in the absence of evidence of
      earlier receipt) to be received 2 days after posting (6 days if sent air
      mail) and in proving the time such notice was sent it shall be sufficient
      to show that the envelope containing it was properly addressed, stamped
      and posted.



12.1  This Agreement and the rights and obligations of the parties hereto shall
      bind and inure to the benefit of any successor or successors of the
      Company by way of reorganization, or merger and any assignee of all or
      substantially all or its business and properties, but, except as to any
      such successor or assignee of the Company, neither this Agreement nor any
      rights or benefits hereunder may be assigned by the Company or by you.


13.1  You warrant that by virtue of entering into this Agreement you will not be
      in breach of any express or implied terms of any Court Order, contract or
      of any other obligation legally binding upon him.

13.2  Any benefits provided by the Company to you or your family which are not
      expressly referred to in this Agreement shall be regarded as ex gratia
      benefits provided at the entire discretion of the Company and shall not
      form part of your contract of employment.


14.1  In this Agreement unless the context otherwise requires words and phrases
      defined in Part XXVI of the Companies Act 1985 have the same meanings
      thereby attributed to them and the following expressions have the
      following meanings:

      "the CEO"
          the Chief Executive Officer of the Company

      "Confidential Information"
          includes, but is not limited to any Company proprietary information,
      technical data, trade secrets or know-how (including, but not limited to,
      research, product plans, products, services, customers lists and customers
      (including, but not limited to, customers of the Company whom you dealt
      with or became acquainted during the term of your employment), markets,
      software, developments, inventions, processes, formulas, technology,
      designs, drawings, engineering data, hardware configuration information,
      marketing, financial or other business information disclosed to you by the
      Company either directly or indirectly in writing, orally or by drawings or
      observation of parts or equipment).

      "Intellectual Property"
          letters, patent, trademarks, service marks, designs, copyrights,
      utility models, design rights, applications for registration of any of the
      foregoing and the right to apply for them in any part of the world,
      inventions, drawings, computer programs, Confidential Information,
      know-how and rights of like nature arising or subsisting anywhere in the
      world in relation to all of the foregoing whether registered or

14.2  The headings in this Agreement are for convenience only and shall not
      affect its construction or interpretation and references in this Agreement
      to Clauses are references to Clauses to this Agreement.

14.3  This Agreement contains the entire understanding between the parties and
      supersedes all (if any) subsisting agreements, arrangements and
      understandings (written or oral) relating to your employment (which shall
      be deemed to have been terminated by mutual consent).


14.4  This Agreement is governed by and shall be construed in accordance with
      English law and the parties to this Agreement hereby submit to the
      exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

AS WITNESS the hands of a duly authorized representative of the Company and the
Employee the above written.

For and on behalf of
SECURE COMPUTING CORPORATION                /s/ Jeffrey H. Waxman
                                       Jeffrey H. Waxman, Chairman & CEO

Signed by
PATRICK REGESTER                            /s/ Patrick Regester
                                       Patrick Regester