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Baltimore Technologies, Entrust, IBM, Microsoft and RSA Security
Announce Formation of PKI Forum
Leaders in Public Key Infrastructure Provide
Industry Focal Point for PKI Interoperability, Increased Customer Confidence for
MENLO PARK, Calif., Dec. 13, 1999
-- Leading public key infrastructure (PKI) vendors Baltimore Technologies, Entrust
Technologies Inc., IBM Corp., Microsoft Corp. and RSA Security Inc. today announced
the formation of the PKI Forum, an industry-led collaboration created to accelerate
the adoption of PKI technology and PKI-based solutions as the trusted, secure
foundation for e-business applications.
The PKI Forum will provide an opportunity for vendors to demonstrate
support for standards-based, interoperable PKI by developing PKI interoperability
profiles based on business-driven requirements in certificate interoperability,
directory-PKI interoperability, application interoperability, certificate validation
and other areas. The forum will sponsor product interoperability demonstrations
and work closely with standards organizations and external test bodies. The forum
also will bring customers and vendors together to increase customer knowledge
about the value of PKI and demonstrate how PKI solves key security issues for
"Infrastructure technologies like PKI succeed only when they
can support a large number of users and applications," said Jamie Lewis,
CEO of The Burton Group. "By addressing interoperability issues and raising
business awareness of PKI, the PKI Forum can increase the number of applications
that rely on PKI and thus accelerate the deployment of PKI-based solutions."
The five founding PKI Forum member companies have expressed their
commitment to working collaboratively with other vendors, as well as users, to
ensure greater interoperability and utility for PKI-based solutions:
Baltimore Technologies: "The PKI Forum will enable
customers to see demonstrable interoperability among the leading PKI vendors,"
said Paddy Holahan, executive vice president of marketing. "Baltimore Technologies,
as a founding member, will work to ensure the practical implementation of open
standards to deliver manageable, robust PKI systems."
Entrust: "The PKI Forum is all about increasing
customer's confidence in our collective capabilities," said Brian O'Higgins,
executive vice president and CTO, Entrust Technologies. "Enhancing interoperability
and ease-of-use of PKI Technology will drive more value to our customers. Entrust
is committed to the objectives of the PKI Forum."
IBM: "IBM is committed to open standards, and our
participation in the PKI Forum will benefit our customers who rely on PKI-based
applications to provide a secure foundation for e-business," said Mark Greene,
vice president, IBM SecureWay. "Working with the other vendors committed
to this important forum and with the broader community of technology companies
and customers who will participate in the forum's working groups, IBM continues
to champion standards-based, interoperable PKI and the value it brings to global
Microsoft: "As e-business evolves, PKI interoperability
is crucial to meeting customer demand for Internet security. Microsoft has made
this significant commitment to customers by providing PKI in Windows 2000® and
is proud to play a founding role in the innovation and vision that the PKI Forum
will provide to the industry and to customers," said Shanen Boettcher, product
manager, Windows 2000 Security, Microsoft. "Microsoft is committed to keeping
customers' information secure, and our membership in the PKI Forum is an important
part of meeting this commitment."
RSA Security: "Broad PKI interoperability is essential
to advancing the deployment of trusted, secure e-business applications, and RSA
is happy to have this opportunity to help make it a reality," said Scott
Schnell, vice president of RSA Security. "We look forward to working closely
with the other PKI Forum members in achieving this goal and lending our expertise
to help promote the adoption of PKI technology."
Membership in the PKI Forum is open to product and service providers,
independent software vendors, consultants, integrators and end-user organizations
that have a demonstrated interest in promoting PKI technology and PKI-based solutions.
In addition to the five founding members, the PKI Forum is supported by a variety
of leading companies that are committed to interoperable PKI-based solutions and
have expressed interest in the PKI Forum. These companies include British Telecommunications
plc, Hewlett-Packard Co., ID Certify, Novell Inc., The Open Group, Sun/Netscape
Alliance, SPYRUS, Thawte Certification, Trustpoint, ValiCert Inc. and Xcert International
Public key technology and digital certificates have emerged as
the preferred enablers of strong security for a wide range of e-business applications,
including secure e-mail, secure Web access, virtual private networks and digital
signatures. The most common functions of a PKI are issuing certificates, revoking
certificates, creating and publishing Certificate Revocation Lists (CRLs), storing
and retrieving certificates and CRLs, and policy enforcement. Enhanced or emerging
PKI functions include time-stamping and policy-based certificate validation. To
successfully deploy a PKI, organizations must develop a sound strategy, plan for
interoperability, determine how e-business applications will interface with the
PKI, and plan for technical staffing requirements.
The PKI Forum is being established within the legal framework
of the managed consortia program of The Open Group, a vendor and technology-neutral
consortium of IT buyers and suppliers. Through defining and extending industry
standards, creating customer testing and conformance programs, and educating on
best industry practices, The Open Group is focused on helping customers and vendors
solve enterprise integration problems.
Members of the PKI Forum plan to establish two standing working
|| The Business Working Group
will help ensure that the forum understands the PKI needs of four constituencies:
software developers, service providers, vendors and customers. It will link those
needs to the Technical Working Group and carry out marketing activities.
|| The Technical Working Group
will develop PKI interoperability profiles to address the use of PKI in business
applications, link with appropriate standards and other PKI organizations, and
charter demonstration projects to establish interoperability among vendor products.
The PKI Forum intends to conduct informational meetings and a
reception for interested companies in conjunction with the RSA Conference 2000,
to be held the week of Jan. 17-21, 2000, in San Jose, Calif. Organizations interested
in membership in the PKI Forum should contact Graham Bird of The Open Group by
phone at (650) 323-7992, by fax at (650) 323-8204, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information on The Open Group can be obtained at www.opengroup.org.
For general information about the PKI Forum, see www.oasis-pki.org.
About Baltimore Technologies
Baltimore Technologies develops and markets security products and services to
enable companies to develop trusted, secure systems for e-business, e-commerce
and the Internet. Its products include a wide range of PKI systems, cryptographic
toolkits, security applications and hardware cryptographic devices. Baltimore
Technologies markets and sells its solutions worldwide directly and through the
TrustedWorld channel program. The company employs over 450 people worldwide and
operates from over 20 cities, with headquarters in Dublin, Ireland; London; Boston;
and Sydney, Australia. Baltimore Technologies plc is a public company with dual
listings on Nasdaq (BALT) and the London Stock Exchange (BLM). For further information
and press releases on Baltimore Technologies, please visit http://www.baltimore.com/.
About Entrust Technologies
Entrust Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: ENTU) is a global leader in providing products
and services that allow e-businesses to manage trusted, secure electronic transactions
and communications over today's advanced networks, including the Internet, extranets
and intranets. Since 1994, Entrust Technologies has been providing award-winning
solutions to global enterprises, government entities, small to midsize businesses
and individuals. Over 4 million Entrust Technologies users have been licensed
with digital certificates to date. Entrust Technologies Inc. is headquartered
in Plano, Texas, with offices in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom,
Switzerland, Germany and Japan. For additional company information, please visit
IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership
in helping businesses innovate. IBM Software offers the widest range of applications,
middleware and operating systems for all types of computing platforms, allowing
customers to take full advantage of the new era of e-business. The fastest way
to get more information about IBM software is through the IBM Software home page
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software
for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products
and services designed to empower people through great software - any time, any
place and on any device.
About RSA Security
RSA Security Inc. (Nasdaq: RSAS), The Most Trusted Name in e-Security, helps
organizations build secure, trusted foundations for e-businesses through its RSA
SecurID® two-factor authentication, RSA BSAFE® encryption and RSA Keon public
key management systems. As the global integration of Security Dynamics and RSA
Data Security, RSA Security has the proven leadership, innovative technology and
systems experience to address the changing security needs of e-business and bring
trust to the new, online economy. RSA Security can be reached at http://www.rsasecurity.com/.
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