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Baltimore launches PKI-based security suite

Baltimore Technologies is hoping to simplify the notoriously tricky business of deploying public-key infrastructure security tools by integrating them with business applications. The company announced three sets of security modules yesterday, each one integrated with a common business application.

PKI stores and issues digital certificates, used for authenticating transactions over public networks.

Trusted Business Suite consists of three sets of modules for securing networks, messaging systems and documents, all built on the same core authentication and authorisation platform, the Baltimore Applied Solutions Engine. The modules are supplied preconfigured and ready to work "out of the box".

The Trusted Networks suite includes Trusted VPN and Trusted Web, an access and authorisation management tool.

Trusted Messaging comprises two modules: Trusted E-mail, which can be used to assign digital certificates to users of Microsoft's Outlook and Outlook Express e-mail applications, and Trusted Web-mail, which is intended to secure access to the corporate mail system from outside the network.

Finally, Trusted Workplace consists of Trusted Forms, enabling the digital signing of transactions over the Web, and Trusted Documents, which enables users to sign and encrypt any file created in any desktop application.

By packaging and preconfiguring the software in this way, the company intends to appeal to new markets beyond those in government and the finance industry already used to the complexities of PKI.

Computer Associates International made a similar move to simplify PKI in February, with an update to its eTrust software.

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