In keeping with its objective to provide unmatched security for applications that are driving the industry, Entrust Technologies, the leading provider of Certification Authority (CA) and key management products, today announced a Secure Electronic Transaction (SET) extension to its Entrust/Manager(TM) software. By adding the SET capability, Entrust will be the only company offering certificate-based security solutions all from a single Entrust public-key infrastructure (PKI) to serve intranet and Web-based needs and SET applications.
With the SET extension, an Entrust PKI will allow companies such as banks, large retailers or other credit card-issuing organizations to become a SET CA, permitting them to issue certificates to consumers, merchants and payment gateways involved in SET transactions. SET certificates accompanying consumer and merchant software applications provide strong authentication through digital signatures and transaction confidentiality through encryption, paving the way for secure electronic commerce.
“Doing business over the Internet will be the norm in the near future. SET opens doors to merchants and consumers who want to conduct business in this manner securely and with confidence,” said John Ryan, Entrust Technologies’ president and chief executive officer. “With its new SET functionality, Entrust is demonstrating its capability to evolve its platform to support new industry standards.”
The SET extension to Entrust/Manager(TM) will adhere to the PKIX-3 standard for certificate management services. With its SET functionality, Entrust will give businesses a comprehensive solution that issues SET 1.0 certificates; “enterprise” certificates for desktop applications, such as e-mail, e-form and remote LAN access, to secure corporate intranets; and Web certificates, used by browsers and servers to secure Web sessions with the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol. This all-in-one Entrust solution will give customers the power to deploy security for virtually any network application.
With the new SET capabilities, Entrust will have the following distinguishing features:
Standards compliance: Entrust adheres to the SET 1.0 protocol, issues X.509 version 3 certificates and supports the PKIX-3 certificate management standard. In addition, Entrust Technologies plans to test Entrust’s SET capabilities with Tenth Mountain Systems, Inc. (TMS), the SET Compliance Authority.
Scalability: The SET-enabled Entrust product supports a distributed registration authority infrastructure, important for large-scale implementations; and
Interoperability: Entrust’s SET functionality supports cross-certification with superior CAs in the SET hierarchy.
Entrust/Manager software with SET capability will be available in the fourth quarter of 1997.
Entrust Technologies is dedicated to ensuring the privacy and authenticity of data communications enterprisewide. Its award-winning public-key infrastructure technology combines encryption and digital signature capabilities with fully automated key management. Widely used by financial institutions, government agencies and high-tech corporations, the Entrust software family provides a complete security solution across multiple platforms for desktops, corporate networks, intranets and the Internet. Entrust Technologies is headquartered in Richardson, Texas and Ottawa, Canada with offices in New York, California, North Carolina, Virginia, and the U.K. It is a majority-owned subsidiary of Nortel (Northern Telecom).
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