BT is targeting the UK business community with the introduction of Trustwise OnSite, a managed Internet security service this week.
OnSite is the second phase of a digital certificate service from the operator, developed in conjunction with digital ID maker VeriSign. Phase one of Trustwise was launched in July for individual users to employ the software on their browser. It authenticates the identity of the people who are trading and then encrypts the flow of data between them.
OnSite allows companies to become certification authorities with the power to issue certificates to their employees.
It is targeted at companies that want to use corporate digital certificates, on either their intranet or the Internet. BT will issue the certificates to end users, as well as manage the certificate's lifecycle while it's being used.
OnSite consists of customised end-user enrollment Web pages, administrative control and management Web pages, and a certificate directory distribution service. End-users interact with customised, Web-based enrollment forms to request and receive their certificates. These forms support browsers from Microsoft and Netscape, as well as all the popular networked software products. The enrollment forms, along with the other lifecycle Web pages, can be hosted at the customer's site or optionally by BT.
"OnSite gives companies better control over their internal and external IP networks," Neil Mellor, head of Internet and Ecommerce at BT, said.
"The Internet has opened up Ecommerce across the business spectrum. It is moving away from one-to-one EDI sessions between large retailers and large suppliers to include smaller businesses and an infinite number of traders."
The set-up fee for the service and the first batch of tickets will cost #4,000. Renewel of a single certificate after this will cost #2.
- See Internet & Intranet, page 19.
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