April 18, 2001, 2:18 PM — Security vendors launched new products at the RSA Conference, which was attended by thousands of security professionals, international security consultants and vendors.
RSA Security, which manages the show now in its tenth year, grabbed the limelight early in the week to announce a new line of its BSafe public-key infrastructure (PKI) development tool kits. Scott Schnell, RSA's senior vice president of marketing, detailed three new RSA tool kits, BSafe IPSec-C, BSafe Crypto-J 3.2, and BSafe Cert-C.
BSafe IPSec-C is a tool kit available for license to software developers for building IP Security (IPSec) based software that uses Internet Key Exchange for digital certificate management. According to Schnell, the tool kit is suitable for building IPSec-based security into encrypted converged services for IP-based voice, data and video.
The BSafe Crypto-J 3.2 tool kit is an upgrade to RSA's Java PKI tool kit, and it adds XML signing in Java, Schnell said. The third tool kit, BSafe Cert-C, uses the Online Certificate Status Protocol for obtaining real-time feedback of the validity of digital certificates.
At the conference, Ericsson announced it is standardizing on the RSA BSafe tool kits across its entire line of wireless phones and handheld devices. In addition, Matsushita will be using the BSafe Secure Sockets Layer libraries in its iMode phones, Schnell said.
The RSA Conference held its morning technical presentation sessions at the Sony Metreon theaters -- where security experts could be seen munching on popcorn -- but the main keynotes were at the Moscone Center next door. Unlike past years, the keynote presentations had a decidedly conservative flair, with plenty of praise given to the new Republican administration in Washington.
In his keynote, economist Paul Erdman lambasted Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan for raising interest rates too quickly and giving the high-tech Internet economy a heartburn. But Erdman generally had praise for the Bush Administration, as did a second keynoter, Floyd Kvamme, the Kleiner Perkins venture capital partner named this month as a top advisor to the president on high-tech issues.
Kvamme said he supported the Bush administration's push for school vouchers, which he said he believed would help better prepare students. "The sad fact is that 22% of the adult population in America is functionally illiterate," Kvamme said during his keynote speech. "In America, we are good at shopping, though. Given the choice of shopping in education, we'd be good at it. The president believes parents should be empowered to do something about it."
Kvamme also voiced support for the Bush tax-cut plan, which earned him a mixture of cheers and boos from the audience listening at RSA.