Network Associates has dropped out of an industry body that supported key recovery for encryption software.
The move comes a week after the company, a result of the merger of Network General and McAfee Associates, announced it was buying PGP, the well-known encryption software specialists.
However, because it was a member of the Key Recovery Alliance, Network Associates was immediately faced with widespread criticism that it was leaving one of the most widely known encryption systems, Pretty Good Privacy, open to those like the US government that want all high level encryption to have a key to prevent it becoming a communications bastion for criminals.
So this week Network Associates announced it would pull out of the alliance that includes IBM, as it was worried people would perceive it as only selling products that supported key recovery.
Meanwhile, Network Associates this week launched WebShieldX, a software filter for Internet gateways that protects users against malicious ActiveX and Java components. It can also scan text-based emails for key words to enable administrators to track the passage of confidential information.
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