Vendors use packed RSA show to launch products

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.

Jim Bidzos, formerly the head of RSA and a member of the board, also delivered a short keynote. He said although strong encryption had been a source of conflict with the federal government in the past, it appeared that the battle over issues such as restrictions on crypto export controls had largely been won in favor of the private sector.

"We feel we've won that battle now," Bidzos said. He noted it was a milestone for the U.S. government last year to have selected a crypto algorithm called Rijndael. Developed in Europe as the next-generation "Advanced Encryption Standard" encryption algorithm, Rijndael replaced the oldder Digital Encryption Standard.

Security vendors using the RSA show as a platform for new products included:

  • JetForm, which will submit its FormFlow 99 XML-based forms applications suite for certification to work with RSA's Keon software, so users can digitally sign JetForm e-Forms with RSA digital certificates.

  • VeriSign, which is partnering with Access360 to host the Access360 password-management and workflow application for businesses that want to outsource password and digital certificate management using Access360's enRole software in an application service provider model. It's expected to be available this summer, and pricing has not been announced.
  • Germany-based Security Networks, announcing it has an Austin, Texas office called SecuLab. SecuLab is certified by the U.S. government to undertake the new "Common Criteria" security testing of products defined by the U.S., European and Asian countries that have endorsed the security-testing program.
  • Nokia Internet Communications, announcing it has partnered with Internet Security Systems to deliver an appliance version of the ISS RealSecure 5.0 network-based intrusion-detection product. Available now at a price ranging between $5,000 and $20,000, the Nokia appliance, called RealSecure for Nokia, comes largely pre-installed on a security-hardened version of the FreeBSD operating system.
  • Entrust Technologies, announcing Entrust/PKI v6.0, its PKI software that supports Windows 2000 Active Directory in the latest upgrade, plus Citrix and Windows terminal Server. Entrust scales up to support 25 certification authorities on a single server, and can also sign using the elliptic curve algorithm and the new Advanced Encryption Standard. Entrust has also partnered with Tumbleweed to provide content scanning with end-to-end encryption.
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