[ISN] OpenPGP Alliance omits PGP Security

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Date: Thu May 31 2001 - 00:14:49 PDT

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    By John Leyden
    Posted: 30/05/2001 at 11:58 GMT
    An organisation formed to promote compatibility between different
    implementations of OpenPGP standard does not include Network
    Associates, which is the main supplier of PGP-based encryption
    products for business.
    The OpenPGP Alliance, which was founded by PGP creator Phil
    Zimmermann, doesn't include Network Associates, whose PGP Security
    division owns the source code and trademark for the popular PGP
    encryption package first developed by Zimmermann in 1991.
    Zimmermann left Network Associates (NAI) earlier this year after an
    argument about publishing the source code of PGP, which he believed
    was the only way to prove to the encryption community that the
    software was secure.
    After disagreeing with management on this matter of principle
    Zimmermann left NIA to join Hush Communications as its chief
    cryptographer and promote the OpenPGP standard.
    OpenPGP, a non-proprietary protocol for encrypting email using public
    key cryptography based on the PGP program, was submitted to the
    Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in 1997. By becoming an IETF
    standard (RFC 2440), OpenPGP may be implemented by any company without
    paying any licensing fees.
    Founder member of the OpenPGP Alliance include Qualcomm as well as
    security firms Hush Communications, SSH Communications Security, and
    Zero-Knowledge Systems.
    Zimmermann said "by co-operating to ensure that different secure email
    systems work together, companies do not have to feel they are going it
    Interoperability between different encryption packages is an important
    issue and so formation of the OpenPGP Alliance is welcome but the lack
    of involvement of Network Associates could be a stumbling block in the
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