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RedCreek inks licensing deal

Start-up RedCreek Communications is set to announce a technology licensing deal with Secure Computing.

Start-up RedCreek Communications is expected to get another boost this week from an established security vendor as Secure Computing (SCUR) is slated to announce it will use RedCreek's Ravlin virtual private network (VPN) technology.

The announcement, due tomorrow, gives RedCreek, founded in July 1996, its second big win of the year. In January, networking giant Cisco Systems (CSCO) announced a similar pact to use RedCreek's VPN technology.

Both Cisco, which is using RedCreek's technology in its hardware PIX firewall, and Secure Computing are using RedCreek's Ravlin software and PCI encryption cards. RedCreek's encryption cards allow users to move computation-intensive encryption and decryption off the main microprocessor of security devices and machines that host firewalls, allowing them to function faster.

RedCreek's VPN capabilities comply with the Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) standard from the Internet Engineering Task Force and make both Secure Computing and Cisco firewalls compliant as well.

Secure Computing's new SecureZone firewall will integrate with RedCreek's Ravlin Soft client software for remote and mobile users. Future versions of SecureZone will add Ravlin's PCI cards.

Using VPN technologies over the public Internet, as opposed to leasing private lines, lets companies save money. The IPSec standard is designed to make VPN technologies from different vendors interoperate.