Top security vendors are gathered at the RSA Data Security Conference in San Francisco this week, to show off their latest security gadgets and discuss encryption, smartcard and key recovery technologies that will make up a new layer of security for the Internet.
On Monday the vendor RSA announced, among other things, version 4.0 of its Bsafe encryption toolkit, with support for smartcards and user authentication. It also unveiled J Pay, an enhanced toolkit designed to create applications based on the Secure Electronic Transaction (SET) specification.
Verisign also demonstrated technology for online enrolment of SET card members and issued a SET-compliant, Visa-branded digital certificate.
Later in the week, Trusted Information Systems, the only company in the US that has a government licence to export its key recovery-based encryption products, will make a series of announcements. These will include the launch of Recoverykey Cryptography Service Provider (CSP), a desktop encryption engine that sits on a hard drive and manages high level data encryption processes for any application linked to it. It also includes a key recovery system.
Also coming up, Netscape is expected to demonstrate a new set of security interfaces for Communicator 1.0. Codenamed SNAPI (Secure Native API), these will complement Intel?s Common Data Security Architecture, which Netscape announced support for in October. The company plan to demonstrate the technology at the conference, using it to verify users? digital signatures from smartcards run through a reader machine.
Microsoft, Entrust, Security Dynamics and Hewlett-Packard were some other big names showing off new products.
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