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New tools combine to support management of digital signatures

RSA Security has described how its latest products can be combined to support digital signature management, writes Eric Doyle.

Two products announced at the RSA Security Conference, Keon e-Sign and an update of RSA's Cleartrust software, can be used in concert to allow multiple signatures to be used to validate a document permissions hierarchy and to ensure that only the required documents are automatically passed to the system.

Bill McQuaide, vice-president of marketing at RSA, explained, "Keon e-Sign can be used to apply a single

digital signature to a document but, when used with Cleartrust rules, can then be applied to route the document.

"If, for example, the document is an order over a certain value, Cleartrust rules can block it from being dispatched and ensure it is passed to a line manager for counter-signature using

E-Sign. If necessary, other signatures can be added - the software ensures that each signature is recorded as having been applied."

At the show, McQuaide and other RSA executives underlined their strategy to develop better integration and management across the company's product range and to encompass the management of certificates from different companies.

"We will continue to work with the PKI Forum to develop an open framework and address interoperability problems. Suppliers have to make interoperability work and continually test their products against one another when changes are made," said McQuaide.

Cleartrust 4.7 is an update of RSA's Web access management package that can be used to control user access to applications and resources on the network using a single sign-on process. It allows interoperability with any existing infrastructure and with LDap directories, such as Novell e-Directory or Microsoft Active Directory.

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