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Suppliers work together to deliver security solutions for e-businesses



David Bicknell

A string of suppliers queued up at last week's keynote RSA Security conference in San Jose to convince IT and e-business...



David Bicknell

A string of suppliers queued up at last week's keynote RSA Security conference in San Jose to convince IT and e-business directors that they are serious about workable Internet security.

After years of talking in isolation about security technologies such as public key infrastructures (PKI) and digital certificates, suppliers including RSA Security, Microsoft and Novell are now having to deliver real solutions that help companies become e-businesses.

This year, one of the key technical areas at the conference, which will have a European counterpart in April, is delivering wireless-enabled PKI solutions to enable the wireless application protocol to drive a world mobile data market predicted to be worth $80bn (£49bn) by 2010.

Rivals Entrust Technologies, RSA and Verisign all signalled wireless moves with their respective partners Research in Motion, Symbian and Phone.com and Bell South.

Entrust also announced plans to offer PKI outsourcing services for business-to-business and business-to- consumer transactions.

Novell said it would be partnering Compaq, Xcert, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and others to offer non-stop PKI-enabled transactions for the banking world, dubbed constant availability public key infrastructure (Capki). It also plans to offer a new directory services model for enterprise security - Nmas (Novell Modular Authentication Service).

Meanwhile the PKI Forum, a group set up in December to develop PKI interoperability, announced 16 new members, including Hewlett- Packard and Cisco.

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