RSA wires up to Identrus; goes wireless with Ericsson

RSA wires up to Identrus; goes wireless with Ericsson

The RSA Security Conference in San Francisco has been the venue for a raft of announcements and demonstrations from RSA, including the availability of Identrus-compliant certification services and the integration of wired and wireless PKI services using Ericsson mobile phones.

RSA says the demonstration with Ericsson will showcase the first use of digital certificates stored in a mobile phone to authenticate, encrypt and digitally sign online transactions in both the wired and wireless Internet worlds.

"RSA Security and Ericsson are introducing a new way to store digital credentials that will help organisations overcome barriers to the widespread adoption of PKI," says Scott Schnell, senior vice president of marketing and corporate development at RSA Security. "Through this collaboration, customers will be able to use the phone as a multipurpose security device - for signatures, authentication, encryption, transaction integrity - both in the wired and wireless world."

The demonstrations will also feature the application of Bluetooth radio transmission technology. RSA Labs has just hosted the first face-to-face meeting of the Bluetooth security expert group.

In a seperate initiative, RSA Security has announced that RSA Keon Certificate Authority (CA), the company's digital certificate management system, is Identrus compliant and fully interoperable with the bank-backed corporate trust infrastructure.

Bob Pritchard, vice president of corporate development at RSA Security, comments: "By demonstrating to financial institutions that we are Identrus compliant, we can deliver on the value of PKI interoperability to organisations and provide them with the technology to conduct secure e-business."

Headquartered in New York, Identrus has established a legal, operating and technical infrastructure that provides trust-based services for financial institutions and their corporate customers when trading online.

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