[ISN] Cisco et. al. to build GAK into routers

From: mea culpa (jerichot_private)
Date: Sat Jul 18 1998 - 04:21:27 PDT

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    Forwarded From: "Jay D. Dyson" <jdysont_private>
    Hot off the Cryptography List.
    From: Kathleen Ellis <ellist_private>
    Note the conference call information at the bottom. (!)
    I just bought & installed a new NetGear (Bay Networks) ethernet hub for
    EPIC..now I'll probably be sending it back.
    from http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/146/july98/3.html
    Thirteen High-Tech Leaders Support Alternative Solution to Network
    Encryption Stalemate
    Ascend, Bay Networks, Cisco Systems, 3Com, Hewlett-Packard Company, Intel,
    Microsoft, Netscape Communications, Network Associates, Novell, RedCreek
    Communications, Secure Computing, Sun Microsystems support alternative
    solution to win U.S. export relief
    Encryption White Paper
    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- July 13, 1998 -- Thirteen leading high-tech companies
    today announced support for a 'private doorbell' solution to the network
    encryption stalemate called 'operator action.' Ten of the 13 companies
    filed proposals with the U.S. Department of Commerce last week, asking for
    permission to sell strong encryption products abroad that use operator
    action technologies. 
    An alternative to key recovery, the operator action model delivers a
    'private door-bell,' not a 'house-key' to parties lawfully seeking access
    to data. Under the operator action model, information traveling over a
    data network remains secure and private unless a network operator is
    served with a legal warrant or court order. Once served, the network
    operator can access a network control switch that actively filters
    messages delivered over a private network or the public Internet. The
    solution allows customers to keep their private information 'private,'
    unless directed to disclose information by legal warrant or court order.
    While this effort represents a partial solution to the encryption debate,
    industry is committed to work together toward a complete solution. 
    An Industry Solution
    Ascend, Bay Networks, Cisco Systems, 3Com, Hewlett-Packard Company, Intel,
    Microsoft, Netscape Communications, Network Associates, Novell, RedCreek
    Communications, Secure Computing, Sun Microsystems jointly support the
    industry alternative, which balances the privacy needs of individuals and
    businesses with the security needs of U.S. law enforcement. Today's
    announcement reflects the convergence of thirteen companies around a
    technology concept that addresses the complex issue of accessing encrypted
    information over data networks. The filings request broad export relief
    for a range of networking products including most firewalls, VPNs (Virtual
    Private Networks), and E-commerce products. Industry leaders have been
    working to define an operational standard since October 1997. 
    "As the global public network becomes increasingly important to both
    business and consumers, resolving issues such as exportation of security
    technology become more and more critical," said Mory Ejabat, CEO of Ascend
    Communications. "We fully support this effort as we believe it meets the
    needs of both the public and private sector." 
    "Bay Networks and other American companies have developed the world's
    leading encryption technology," said Dave House, chairman, president, and
    CEO of Bay Networks. "Our overseas customers want that technology and the
    privacy that goes with it, and this solution will allow us to export our
    technology, instead of handing the business over to foreign companies." 
    "As the Internet continues to drive economic and job opportunities
    worldwide, it's important customers feel safe doing business on the web," 
    said John T. Chambers, president and CEO of Cisco Systems. "This industry
    proposal extends the same privacy rights we enjoy today to tomorrow's
    digital world, delivers a market-driven solution our customers want, and
    secures a competitive advantage for the U.S. high-tech industry." 
    "U.S. technological leadership depends on a reasoned resolution to this
    debate," said Eric Benhamou chairman and CEO of 3Com. "Continued evolution
    of converged networks will require balancing the needs of businesses and
    government agencies concerning data security." 
    "We are committed to providing our worldwide customers the network
    security that they demand," said William Larson, CEO of Network
    Associates. "The industry is presenting an innovative solution that meets
    both market and government requirements for network layer encryption." 
    "Relief from export controls is an industry wide matter," said Jim
    Barksdale, president and CEO of Netscape. "We believe the "private
    doorbell" feature, if successful, will demonstrate that industry and
    government can work together. Further relief, however, will be necessary
    in the near term, if US vendors are to remain ahead of their overseas
    "This solution represents a real step forward for U.S. encryption policy," 
    said Eric Schmidt, CEO of Novell. "At last, we have a market solution that
    meets the needs of consumers, corporations, law enforcement and national
    "RedCreek believes that the adoption of this proposal is essential to the
    healthy development of the market for products that address business use
    of the Internet," said Tom Steding, CEO of RedCreek Communications Inc.
    "This international market has in the main been denied to U. S. companies. 
    Particularly for VPN companies, our ability to compete internationally
    will be significantly restored by its adoption." 
    "It is vital for our customers to be able to implement technology on a
    global level, without country-specific restrictions limiting their use or
    effectiveness," said Jeff Waxman, CEO and Chairman of Secure Computing
    Corporation. "Security is a top priority for multi-national corporations
    and this action, which attempts to find a solution, will help move the
    promise of ubiquitous security to a reality." 
    Critical Differences from Key Recovery
    The proposal is a compelling alternative in the network space to key
    recovery. Protecting privacy and due process rights, the industry proposal
    delivers an important solution for securing data over a public or private
    In seeking government export approval, the companies made no modifications
    to their products or encryption technology. The companies however offered
    to restrict sales to some foreign governments and militaries, and to
    continue to comply with existing U.S. Department of Commerce regulations. 
    Cisco Systems
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    A copy of the white paper on encryption export is available at the
    following URL:http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/146/july98/2.html
    Editor Note: Conference call with industry executives July 13, 1998 11 am
    - - 1 pm PDT (888) 527-4180, ID : 8903
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