VeriSign, iPlanet and Gemplus are teaming up to provide Identrus-enabled digital certification services to banks. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce has been named as the first customer for the integrated solution.
Identrus is a bank-backed initiative to provide corporate customers with interoperable digital identification services for online business dealings.
Susan Frostad, general manager, Identrus project team, electronic commerce, CIBC, explains: "By leveraging this integrated solution, we are now able to use this e-commerce security infrastructure to certify our corporate customers as trusted trading partners on the Internet. Once certified, these trading partners can conclusively identify one another online, ensure their communications are secure, and compile an indisputable record of commercial activities."
VeriSign, iPlanet and Gemplus says their combined solution will enable financial institutions to deploy an Identrus infrastructure at less cost and in a shorter timeframe. The companies have developed a 'Test Drive' program for the Identrus system that enables banks to try out the solution over the Internet at no cost.
Banks are being invited to download software components for testing and validating VeriSign supplied Identrus Global IDs, smart card-based digital signature processed by Gemplus' GemSafe IS Workstation technology, and Identrus Certificate Status Checks processed by the iPlanet Trustbase Transaction Manager. The Test Drive components run on the Sun Solaris operating system.