NEW YORK--Recognizing that data security on the Internet is a top concern for corporate IS managers, a handful of software makers here at Internet World have introduced new security software.
IBM's SecureWay Key Management Framework is designed to let separate businesses or different departments within a single company communicate securely even when they use incompatible encryption methods. Encryption scrambles data transmissions so they cannot be effectively intercepted.
IBM also said its key encryption alliance, intended to push for nongovernmental entities to store cryptographic keys as a way to boost secure Internet commerce, has tripled its membership. The alliance hopes to boost global use of strong encryption without giving Washington the secret codes. New members include America Online, Northern Telcom, and Novell.
Finjan Software played up another security theme: protecting corporate networks and user hard drives from rogue Java or ActiveX code that might wreak havoc with critical data. Finjan's SurfinGate 1.0, available for $1,000 now from Finjan's Web site, scans incoming data to block potential harmful or unauthorized Java applets and ActiveX controls from getting onto an intranet.
A Microsoft-led consortium of PC and smart card companies, the PC/SC WorkGroup, released specifications to integrate smart cards--wallet-sized plastic cards with an embedded computer chip--with personal computers. PC/SC members include smart card heavyweights Groupe Bull, Hewlett-Packard, Schlumberger Electronic Transactions, and Siemens Nixdorf.
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