[ISN] Locking up e-commerce security

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Date: Tue Nov 03 1998 - 06:27:59 PST

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    Locking up e-commerce security
    By Tim Clark
    Staff Writer, CNET News.com
    November 3, 1998, 4:10 a.m. PT
    URL: http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,28240,00.html
    Digital certificate technology, used to vouch for the identity of online
    stores, continues to evolve as banks and online merchants gird for what
    they hope will be a boom in e-commerce. 
    Yesterday, GTE CyberTrust said it will enable banks to issue digital
    certificates--but not SET certificates--to Internet merchants to conduct
    online transactions. 
    Instead it will issue certificates to use for Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) 
    transactions, which are the most common types of credit card transactions
    on the Internet today. As separate offerings, CyberTrust sells certificate
    authority (CA) software or issues digital certificates for use in the
    Secure Electronic Transactions (SET) protocol being pushed for online card
    transactions by Visa and MasterCard. 
    The new CyberTrust SureServer Certificates or electronic credentials vouch
    for the identity of an online store so shoppers know whom they're dealing
    But GTE's announcement isn't this week's only news in the public key
    infrastructure sector. Entrust Technologies announced that it is
    licensing, without royalties, its patented certification revocation list
    distribution technology to archirivals VeriSign, Microsoft, Spyrus,
    Structured Arts, and LJL Enterprises. 
    In April, Entrust offered free licenses to parts of its patented
    technology, aiming to boost industry standards. It has emerged as a de
    facto standard and is included in Internet Engineering Task Force draft
    In another development, Ireland's Baltimore Technologies, which opened
    U.S. operations last month, has released VPNGateway, a new module for
    Baltimore's UniCERT Certificate Authority to process requests for VPN
    Baltimore also made available an IPSec certificate issuing facility on its
    Web site to enable VPN vendors to test their products with Baltimore
    certificates. Entrust made a similar announcement last month.  
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