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Claiming credit for the cyberattack against Dutch certificate company DigiNotar, Comodohacker is threatening to release other fake certificates.
Jon Oltsik says 2008 will bring a new cluster of headlines about information security and the workplace.
nCipher's acquisition of NeoScale could be basic industry consolidation, but the impact could reach further.
Scientists at Northwestern University say they've harnessed the properties of light to encrypt information into a code that can only be cracked by breaking the physical laws of nature.
nCipher, a company that makes hardware that speeds up a server's encrypted communication ability, has said its equipment now works with Inktomi's products for speeding up Internet data transfer. Inktomi's network "caches" data closer to the computers that need it; the deal will allow Inktomi customers to speed the transfer of encrypted information, Woburn, Mass.-based nCipher said. In addition, nCipher will unveil its third-generation products at the RSA security conference next week, the company said. The company's products speed up communications using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), such as encrypted credit card transactions. The nCipher products compete with similar ones from Rainbow Technologies in Irvine, Calif.
The company targets e-commerce customers with a bundle that includes improved digital-certificate software.
A bevy of announcements will spring from this week's RSA Data Security conference from more than 50 firms. Themes include consolidation and new software technologies.
With a bow to a competing technology, the company will release version 4.0 of its basic encryption engine and tools for programmers.
Catalog software vendor iCat has announced alliances to support the Secure Electronic Transaction (SET) 1.0 protocol for safeguarding credit card purchases over the Internet. It is working with SET payment providers IBM, VeriFone, and Outreach Communications to offer merchants SET "cash register" software for accepting payments. ICat also unveiled alliances with hardware vendor nCipher and certificate authority VeriSign.