VeriSign teams with Web services providers

By : |February 20, 2002 0



SAN JOSE: VeriSign Inc. said on Tuesday that it has reached deals with a
group of technology heavyweights to integrate its technology for authentication,
payments and domain name lookups with their Internet-based services.

Other announcements at the RSA Conference included software designed to
improve the security of mobile devices and wireless networks and security
appliances to help keep intruders out of corporate networks.

VeriSign said it is integrating its "Digital Trust Services"
technology into Web services software from International Business Machines
Corp., Microsoft Corp., Oracle Corp., Sun Microsystems Inc., BEA Systems Inc.,
Hewlett-Packard Co., and WebMethods Inc.

Web services software enables companies to automate business processes, such
as insurance claim processing and travel booking, over the Internet.

"We see a lot of companies jumping onto the Web services bandwagon. The
main reason is clearly the productivity gains and operational efficiencies
companies can get," said John Weinschenk, vice president of enterprise
services at Mountain View, California-based VeriSign. "But they’re only
good if you have trust."

Developers will be able to easily add authentication and other e-commerce
functions into the Web services, without having to get separate software from
VeriSign, said Matthew Shilts, engineering manager of VeriSign’s Web Services
Group.

In addition, VeriSign is releasing open application programming interfaces
(APIs) and developer tools for programmers to integrate its technology with
in-house, customized applications that corporations create, Shilts said.

VeriSign already has a joint marketing and technology deal with IBM involving
IBM’s Tivoli Policy Director software and VeriSign’s public key infrastructure
services, which allow e-commerce companies to authenticate transactions.

Also at the conference, Internet Security Systems Inc. announced Wireless
Scanner, software designed to prevent against so-called "drive-by
hacking" of 802.11 wireless networks that make it easy to access and hijack
corporate data over the air.

RSA Security Inc., which hosts the conference every year, announced developer
software for optimizing encryption code in wireless devices. The BSAFE Micro
Edition allows vendors to build digital signing, payment and other features into
devices, RSA said.

Both Symantec Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. announced security appliances
that combine firewall, anti-virus, intrusion detection, content filtering and
virtual private network software.

Symantec’s Gateway Security appliance uses its own software, while the server
iForce Integrated Security Solution from Sun includes software from Check Point
Software Technologies Inc., Trend Micro Inc., Tripwire Inc. and Recourse
Technologies.

Computer Associates International Inc. announced an update to its eTrust PKI
technology that allows companies to create public key infrastructure systems for
e-commerce.

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