APPLE AND RSA DISCLOSE TECHNOLOGY AGREEMENT FOR INTEGRATING DIGITAL SIGNATURE TECHNOLOGY INTO O.C.E.
APPLE AND RSA DISCLOSE TECHNOLOGY AGREEMENT FOR INTEGRATING DIGITAL SIGNATURE TECHNOLOGY INTO O.C.E. NAPA, Calif., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and RSA Data Security Inc. today disclosed that they have had a licensing agreement since 1990 that has enabled the two companies to pioneer the development of powerful digital signature capabilities for Macintosh personal computers. The availability of this technology in Apple's Open Collaboration Environment (O.C.E.), a forthcoming extension to System 7, will allow Macintosh users to electronically "sign" documents with a verifiable signature. "The use of computer-based workflow is expected to save companies substantial processing costs through more efficient business transactions," said Roger Heinen, Apple's vice president and general manager of the Macintosh Software Architecture division. "Computer- based collaboration requires technologies that make electronic documents trustworthy and free from tampering. RSA's digital signature technology does just that." "We are pleased to be able to work with Apple to make high quality, reliable digital signature services part of Macintosh system software," said Jim Bidzos, RSA president. "This cooperative effort will help bring cutting-edge technology to the personal computer marketplace." The agreement provides Apple with the right to use RSA's public- key encryption technology and associated digital signature algorithms and software implementations. Apple has incorporated these technologies into O.C.E.'s tools, and made it accessible to software developers through standard Macintosh programming interfaces. "A high level of trust in computer-based interaction is essential for individuals, businesses, hospitals, and government agencies to streamline everyday work activities, such as the preparation, approval, and processing of work orders and other business documents," said Gursharan Sidhu, Apple's technical director for collaborative systems development. "The availability of RSA's digital signature technology in conjunction with other O.C.E services such as messaging and directories, will allow software developers to create innovative applications in the work-flow arena." Apple and RSA disclosed the licensing agreement and cooperative development effort as part of an industry briefing on technology directions for Macintosh system software. Product availability will be announced later this year. RSA Data Security Inc. designs, develops, markets and supports cryptographic toolkits and end-user products, including many based on its patented RSA public-key cryptosystem. RSA licensees include IBM Corp., Apple, Digital Equipment Corp., Microsoft Corp., Sun Microsystems Inc., Novell Inc., Lotus Development Corp., Motorola Inc., Northern Telecom, General Electric Co., WordPerfect Corp., Ficher International, and many other industry leaders. Cited in such standards as ISO, CCITT and the Internet Privacy-enhanced Mail specifications, RSA is truly a worldwide standard for privacy and authentication. Founded in 1982 by the inventors of the RSA cryptosystem, the company is headquartered in Redwood City, Calif. Apple develops, manufactures and markets personal computer systems for use in business, education, science, engineering and government. A recognized pioneer and innovator in the personal computer industry, Apple does business in more than 120 countries. -0- 3/3/92 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. System 7 is a registered trademark of Apple Computer Inc. /CONTACT: Nancy Morrison of Apple Computer Inc., 408-862-6200; or Jim Bidzos of RSA Data Security Inc., 415-595-8782/ (AAPL) CO: Apple Computer, Inc.; RSA Data Security, Inc. ST: California IN: CPR SU:
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