California-based Dascom, a leading security and information management company, said it is confident that its Intraverse product line is flexible enough to deal with any of the possible regulatory or legal requirements currently being debated in Europe.
Internet security is one of the hot topics within the EU, particularly after the French government pushed ahead with its own draft encryption legislation in late July. The European Commission is in the early stages of drafting a directive on security and electronic commerce.
"There has to be some harmonisation of security policy within the EU soon. But the beauty of our system is that it is flexible enough to work within almost any regulatory framework," Allen Brian, managing director of Dascom Europe, said on the continental launch of Intraverse.
James Curtin, Dascom's president, sees the European debate as similar to the recent US experience. Fears over the potential for abuse of the Internet, and particularly encryption, gave rise to a heated disagreement between the law enforcement community and the IT industry.
"Things have calmed down a little now, and I am confident sanity will prevail. As for our security products, it is very important to distinguish between privacy and authorisation. We are talking about access, which is an authorisation issue," he said.
"We have found that less than 20 per cent of the transactions on the Internet actually need to be encrypted at all," Curtin said.
Dascom received clearance from the US Department of Commerce to export its 56-bit authorisation system in August this year. There are already 10 companies using Intraverse products on a trial basis in the UK, but this week's announcement marks the company's move into Benelux.
A condition of the export agreement with the US authorities is that Dascom is obliged to begin developing a key recovery plan that must be implemented within the next 18 months. Dascom also has approval to export security products to China, but only for non-military purposes.
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