The Trusted Portal for Oracle, which was developed to work with Oracle's Internet Directory and other security-oriented features in Oracle9i Application Server, simplifies security processes such as issuing and managing digital certificates and digital signatures.
"The Oracle portal product is already secure, but this is about adding the additional security measures that customers are asking for, especially in Europe. We have found that the complexity of implementing security is putting customers off, even though security is so high on their agenda. This product is designed to address that problem," said John McLevy, Oracle vice-president of enterprise solutions for EMEA.
Oracle has worked with Baltimore on the project for the past 15 months. The two companies collaborated on security issues on an ad hoc basis for a number of years.
"The portal is one of the strongest reasons for people to buy our middleware applications. The main reason we've been working with Baltimore on the security features is to make those features simple and out of the box," McLevy said.
"Baltimore provided public-key infrastructure [PKI] security tools that are integrated with the business applications, as well as single sign-on technology to give individuals access to applications."
"With the implementation of digital certificates, you can use public lines with the same level of security as leased lines, which could be less expensive for a customer. It also means that you've got more options in designing portals," he added.
Oracle is not offering any specific bundled pricing for the product and cost depends on the size of the project.
Trusted Portal for Oracle is now available to all of Oracle's EMEA customers. There has already been interest from financial service customers and large Internet service providers (ISPs) and McLevy also expects to see interest from customers in the public sector.
The product is first being rolled out in EMEA because European customers have expressed a greater interest in security.
McLevy also wanted to offer the product to US customers. "We have already started to discuss how we can roll this out in the US, though there is no timeline to do so. It is a question of updating our US colleagues on what we've achieved and then seeing if there is the same level of customer demand for this sort of product in the US as there has been in Europe," he said.