As an early result of this week's acquisition of VeriFone
will adapt VeriFone's vGate software to let credit card
processors connect securely to the Internet within HP's security
HP expects to have vGate, VeriFone's Internet commerce software for banks,
running on Virtual Vault "in a matter of weeks or
months, not many months," said Ray Bamford, business manager for Virtual
Vault. He added that discussions of the project preceded the VeriFone acquisition. Virtual Vault provides network security beyond a firewall by securing the operating
system, applications, and data.
He added that HP is also working on a port of Virtual Vault to the Windows
NT operating system, a task he hopes can be completed this year. "From a
market perspective, we believe there is a significant opportunity, so it's
just a question of doing the work. It's a priority, but it's not a simple
HP also said today that version 2.0 of Virtual Vault, is now shipping.
"Virtual Vault is the most secure way to Web-enable applications," Bamford
HP is targeting Virtual Vault, a technology it bought in February 1996 from
SecureWare, for use in e-commerce
and extranets when companies invite outsiders--customers and suppliers--to
view some corporate data, but not all.
Virtual Vault 2.0 runs on the latest version of HP's Unix operating system,
HP-UX 10.24, and includes a bundled copy of Netscape Communications' Enterprise
Sweden's fourth-largest bank, SE
Banken, and BellSouth are both
using the latest version of Virtual Vault, the former for online banking and
BellSouth for its ISP service.