SPYRUS and Terisa Systems Announce Strategic Partnership to Combine Cryptographic Toolkits, Protocols, and Applications; Cryptography, protocol, and application solutions are integrated to bring the security benefits of hardware cryptography to multiple protocols.
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 27 1997--SPYRUS and Terisa Systems today announced a strategic partnership to provide integrated hardware and software cryptographic toolkits and protocol products to enable the development of WWW/Internet and Intranet applications.
The companies will integrate their toolkit products to provide hardware cryptographic support for SET, S-HTTP S-HTTP Secure Hyper Text Transport Protocol , and SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) The leading security protocol on the Internet. Developed by Netscape, SSL is widely used to do two things: to validate the identity of a Web site and to create an encrypted connection for sending credit card and other personal data. protocols. Through this partnership, SPYRUS and Terisa will provide a full complement of standard WWW/Internet protocols, complete hardware cryptographic solutions, and easy to use toolkits to enable developers to easily embed these products into integrated solutions.
"The possibilities created by adding our hardware to Terisa's unique combined security protocol engine makes the SPYRUS/Terisa partnership a natural one," said Sue Pontius, SPYRUS CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. . "The combination of our hardware cryptographic products with Terisa's Web security and transaction protocol products will offer great value to the WWW/Internet and electronic commerce marketplace."
"I expect that 1997 will see a boom in hardware cryptography," said Allan M. Schiffman, chief technical officer at Terisa Systems. "SPYRUS is the established leader in providing token-based hardware cryptographic products. The integration of their products with Terisa's SecureWeb Toolkit(tm) will automatically provide new options to many SET, S-HTTP, and SSL application developers." This partnership includes the integration of each company's current technologies and is expected to result in further development and co- marketing of future products. The companies envision a host of products to enable standard secure Internet and Intranet commerce.
SPYRUS Hardware Cryptographic Technology
SPYRUS offers a full suite of hardware cryptographic devices-the Rosetta(tm) Signature Card, EES See Skipjack algorithm. LYNKS Privacy Card(tm), HYDRA Privacy Card(tm), and the Multi-Card Accelerator (MCA MCA
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Entertainment conglomerate. It was founded in Chicago in 1924 by Jules Stein as a talent agency. In the 1960s it bought Decca Records and Universal Pictures, and today it produces films, music, and television shows. ). The Rosetta Signature Card is a SPYCOS(tm)-enabled smart card targeted to signature applications at the desktop, such as digital content signing and certificate-based remote access. The EES LYNKS Privacy Card, the de facto standard Hardware or software that is widely used, but not endorsed by a standards organization. Contrast with de jure standard.
de facto standard - A widespread consensus on a particular product or protocol which has not been ratified by any official standards body, such as ISO, in PC card-based hardware cryptographic modules, is designed to provide a secure cryptographic processing environment and storage for up to 50 X.509 public key certificates for desktop and server applications.
The card implements multiple U.S. Government and commercial key transport, encryption, key wrap, hash, and digital signature algorithms- including RSA (1) (Rural Service Area) See MSA.
(2) (Rivest-Shamir-Adleman) A highly secure cryptography method by RSA Security, Inc., Bedford, MA (www.rsa.com), a division of EMC Corporation since 2006. It uses a two-part key. technologies-in tamper-resistant hardware. This combination enables an application developer to write secure applications without having to know the complexities of implementing the cryptographic algorithms.
The use of hardware cryptographic modules provides security in key generation, storage and cryptographic processing; mobility for client environments; and multi-application manageability in situations where multiple keys/certificates are stored in the token. The MCA, based on the EES LYNKS Privacy Card, is designed for server/infrastructure products that require high-speed digital signature performance, such as certification authorities and other high volume signature and signature verification applications.
Terisa Systems Toolkits
Terisa Systems has been providing tools for Internet commerce since 1995. The SecureWeb Toolkit(tm) provides robust, ready-to-use and unified communications security for developers building WWW-based applications for commercial transactions. This toolkit for commercial software developers implements the Secure Hypertext Transfer Protocol 'Secure hypertext transfer protocol' (S-HTTP) is an alternative mechanism to the https URI scheme for encrypting web communications carried over HTTP. S-HTTP is defined in RFC 2660. (S-HTTP) and the Secure Sockets Layer (networking, security) Secure Sockets Layer - (SSL) A protocol designed by Netscape Communications Corporation to provide secure communications over the Internet using asymmetric key encryption. (SSL).
Secure HTTP HTTP
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Standard application-level protocol used for exchanging files on the World Wide Web. HTTP runs on top of the TCP/IP protocol. is an interoperable extension of the World Wide Web's existing HyperText Transfer Protocol See HTTP.
(protocol) Hypertext Transfer Protocol - (HTTP) The client-server TCP/IP protocol used on the World-Wide Web for the exchange of HTML documents. It conventionally uses port 80.
Latest version: HTTP 1.1, defined in RFC 2068, as of May 1997. that provides communication and transaction security for WWW WWW or W3: see World Wide Web.
(World Wide Web) The common host name for a Web server. The "www-dot" prefix on Web addresses is widely used to provide a recognizable way of identifying a Web site. clients and servers. SSL is a transport level security mechanism designed to secure the link of communication between two parties. SecureWeb Payments(tm) implements the Secure Electronics Transactions (SET) protocol in a commercial-grade add-on module for the SecureWeb Toolkit, providing full support for creating Cardholder, Merchant, and Payment Gateway applications. Terisa toolkit products use RSA and other popular encryption algorithms to ensure secure transactions.
SPYRUS Software Development Toolkits
SPYRUS provides a development environment for application developers to integrate software with its hardware cryptographic products. SPEX/(tm) (SPYRUS Extensions) is a host-based API library for card interface that provides the benefit of software compatibility across the product line. The SPEX/ API, available since Q2 1994 and delivered to more than 40 developer licensees, is a mature and proven environment for developer integration. The SPEX/ Developer's Toolkit includes SPEX/, documentation, test tools, technical support, and hardware devices.
Three versions of the toolkit are available. For developers building applications to Microsoft CryptoAPI, SPYRUS also offers a CSP (1) (Certified Systems Professional) An earlier award for successful completion of an ICCP examination in systems development. See ICCP.
(2) (Commerce Service P Application Developer's Kit that contains the necessary components for developing CryptoAPI-compliant applications using the EES LYNKS Privacy Card and CSP. The kit includes an EES LYNKS Privacy Card, a PCMCIA (Personal Computer Memory Card International Association, San Jose, CA, www.pcmcia.org) An international standards body and trade association that was founded in 1989 to establish a standard for connecting peripherals to portable computers. PCMCIA created the PC Card. See PC Card. reader, CSP and SPEX/ software libraries, device drivers, installation and card initialization in·i·tial·ize
tr.v. in·i·tial·ized, in·i·tial·iz·ing, in·i·tial·iz·es Computer Science
1. To set (a starting value of a variable).
2. To prepare (a computer or a printer) for use; boot.
3. utilities, programmer's guide, technical support, and test tools.
About Terisa Systems
Terisa Systems Inc. was founded in 1995 to provide unified communications security solutions for the World Wide Web (WWW). In early 1995 leading industry players such as America Online (AOL), CompuServe, IBM, Netscape, RSA, and VeriFone/EIT, forged a common commitment to WWW security by agreeing to pool both investment and technology in Terisa Systems. Terisa Systems' mission is to create tools and application technologies that make secure Internet commerce possible. The Company's customers are Internet application developers and online services such as American Express, AOL, I/Net, Luckman Interactive, Novell, OpenMarket, and O'Reilly & Associates. Terisa Systems Inc. is a privately held company privately held company
A firm whose shares are held within a relatively small circle of owners and are not traded publicly. based in Los Altos, California Los Altos (IPA: [lɔs ɑltos]) is a city at the southern end of the San Francisco Peninsula, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The city is in Santa Clara County, California, United States. .
SPYRUS is a leading provider of high-assurance hardware cryptographic products that are Algorithm Agile(tm) and form factor independent. SPYRUS' products provide encryption, digital signature, access control, and metering solutions for Corporate IS, WWW/Internet and Intranet Applications, Electronic Commerce, and Government applications. The Company's core products are built around its SPEX/(tm) library, a host-based API that supports application integration with a suite of hardware cryptographic products. SPYRUS cryptographic products are intended for use with security-sensitive applications; protocols such as SET, SSL, and S/MIME See MIME. ; and Microsoft(r) Authenticode(tm) technology. The Company's products are used with a variety of certificate authority products to provide critical infrastructure support for issuance and management of a deployed hardware token community.
Founded in 1992, SPYRUS is headquartered in San Jose, California San Jose (IPA: /ˌsænhoʊˈzeɪ/) is the third-largest city in California, and the tenth-largest in the United States. It is the county seat of Santa Clara County. and has branch offices in Columbia, Maryland and Waltham, Massachusetts. -0-
Note to Editors: SPYRUS(r) is a registered trademark of SPYRUS. SPEX/(tm), Algorithm Agile(tm), HYDRA Privacy Card(tm), LYNKS Privacy Card(tm), Rosetta(tm) Signature Card, and SPYCOS(tm) are trademarks of SPYRUS.
Terisa Systems is a registered trademark of Terisa Systems Inc. SecureWeb Toolkit(tm) and SecureWeb Payments(tm) are trademarks of Terisa Systems Inc.
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