Security vendor RSA is set to join The Public Key Infrastructure Challenge (pkiC), adding weight to the fledgling European initiative.
The Challenge consortium is part of the European Commission's Information Society's Technology Program and aims to enhance e-business security across the European Union.
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RSA was instrumental in the creation of the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol, which is used by over 800 million Internet browsers. The participation one of the world's leading security vendors signals a major endorsement for the project.
Graham Welch, regional marketing VP for RSA, said the company had to declined to participate in the consortium when it formed two years ago because it was not in the PMI product space.
But he confirmed, "Yesterday, we approached EEMA (European E-Business Forum) and if all goes well we will definitely be involved with this exciting initiative."
RSA takes its name from scientists Ronald Rivest, Adi Shamir and Leonard Adleman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who developed the mathematical formulas behind PKI.