RSA Data Security was one of many companies to launch Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) products at the RSA Data Security Conference in San Jose this week.
PKI software manages the digital certificates that are used in public and private key encryption projects, enabling users to secure their business and ecommerce applications.
While RSA, the event?s host, has so far mainly supplied the building blocks to enable other software vendors to add encryption to their products, its new Keon family is more ambitious ? and may bring the company into competition with some of its OEM?s.
RSA jointly announced Keon with its parent company, Security Dynamics, and claims the offering, which is based on a PKI framework, can seamlessly add public key based encryption to existing applications.
Scott Schnell, Security Dynamic?s executive vice president of marketing, said: ?Keon will graft itself onto an existing application, and PKI enable it without changing a single line of code.?
He continued that users can add the technology to an SAP R/3 application or Oracle database and that including Keon components on client and server machines would create an ?application-level Virtual Private Network.? It can also provide a single log-on for all supported applications.
Keon?s PKI software is based on Verisign?s OnSite technology, but a future release will also support other PKI applications. In addition, the technology can be used with digital certificates stored on users? desktop systems or with various hardware identification devices such as smart cards.
The software comes with Netscape?s Directory Server as the default central repository, but will also support other Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) directories.
No pricing was available.
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