Mirapoint Incorporates RSA Encryption Technology Into Its High-Performance Internet E-mail Thin Servers.
Addition of Industry's Most Widely-Used Encryption and Authentication
Technology Provides System Administrators and End Users
with Beefed Up E-mail Access Security
Mirapoint Inc., the pioneering developer of function-specific Internet messaging servers for corporations and ISPs, today announced it will integrate RSA's BSAFE(TM) Crypto-C and BSAFE(TM) Crypto-J cryptographic components into its high-performance Internet e-mail thin servers. With today's technology licensing agreement with RSA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Security Dynamics Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:SDTI), Mirapoint is among the earliest Internet e-mail server vendors to add RSA-based security functionality in order to provide system administrators and end users with highly secure e-mail session connections.
As the developer of the industry's first high-performance Internet e-mail thin server, Mirapoint is delivering a purpose-built, application-specific appliance for standards-based e-mail services. This new class of messaging appliance enables corporations and ISPs to deliver highly reliable, cost-effective and easily scalable e-mail services that can keep pace with the exploding number of Internet e-mail users and their associated storage requirements.
System administrators of Mirapoint's M100 and M1000 Internet e-mail thin servers will benefit from today's announcement by having their administration sessions transparently encrypted and authenticated. This is particularly important in order to prevent system administrator's passwords from being intercepted and to ensure that only authorized personnel are entitled to add new users and specify passwords. Internet E-mail clients accessing Mirapoint servers will also benefit by having their entire connection session protected by the new encryption capabilities.
"We continue to hear from our growing customer base that e-mail is a major intellectual property asset that has to be safeguarded," said Cheena Srinivasan, Vice President of Marketing with Mirapoint. "To satisfy this need for enhanced security, Mirapoint has established a technology licensing agreement with RSA, the leader in electronic data security and authentication technology. By adding RSA-based security features to our thin servers, which already have inherent security advantages provided by our embedded operating software, the M100 and M1000 will meet and/or exceed the e-mail security requirements of virtually all corporations and ISPs."
RSA's BSAFE Crypto-C is one of the world's best-selling cryptography engines and provides software developers with multiple algorithms and modules for adding encryption and authentication features to applications. BSAFE Crypto-C includes modules for popular security encryption techniques, such as RSA, DES, RC2, RC4, and Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC), and also supports digital signatures and certificates. BSAFE Crypto-J is RSA's cryptographic software designed specifically for Java which provides a best-of-class implementation for the most important privacy, authentication and data integrity routines.
"Mirapoint's licensing agreement with RSA extends our encryption technology further into the growing Internet e-mail market," said Scott Schnell, senior vice president of marketing for RSA and Security Dynamics Technologies, Inc. "As more and more companies turn to Internet-based e-mail as their vehicle for information sharing within an organization and with partners and customers, security will become an increasingly important consideration."
Mirapoint's M100 and M1000 Internet e-mail thin servers with the new RSA-based encryption functionality will be generally available in April 1999. Current Mirapoint customers who want to upgrade their existing systems will be able to simply download the new security capabilities from the company's web site at www.mirapoint.com.
About RSA Data Security, Inc
RSA Data Security, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Security Dynamics Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:SDTI), is a leading supplier of software components that secure electronic data, with more than 400 million copies of RSA encryption and authentication technologies installed worldwide. RSA technologies are part of existing and proposed standards for the Internet and World Wide Web, ISO, ITU-T, ANSI, IEEE and are in use in business, financial and electronic commerce networks around the globe. RSA develops and markets platform-independent security components and related developer kits, and provides comprehensive cryptographic consulting services. RSA can be reached at http://www.rsa.com.
Founded in 1997, privately-held Mirapoint Inc. is a pioneering developer of function-specific Internet messaging servers for corporations and ISPs. The company is the creator of the industry's first high-performance Internet e-mail thin server or appliance -- a purpose-built application-specific server for standards-based e-mail services for the enterprise and ISPs. Mirapoint's Internet messaging appliances offer significant advantages over general-purpose servers including an exceptionally easy-to-use and deploy solution with industry-leading scalability, reliability, security and a superior total cost of ownership. Mirapoint e-mail servers are based on the Company's patent pending, tightly-coupled embedded operating and application software and industry-standard hardware. Mirapoint Inc. is headquartered in Cupertino, Calif. For more information, visit the company's web site at www.mirapoint.com.