IBM Providing New Security ServicesIBM Corp., Armonk, N.Y., is offering a host of new services that will support secure access to data, information security and e-commerce transactions. The new services, called PKI Business Workshop and PKI Planning and Design, will incorporate technologies such as digital certificates and public-key infrastructure systems. The programs will provide consulting and implementation services for businesses. "As more companies embrace e-markets and business-to-business electronic commerce, and more people buy goods and services over the Web, it's becoming increasingly important to verify who you are transacting with, to protect your transactions, and to know there is integrity as well as accountability in those transactions," says Cal Slemp, director global trust and e-commerce, IBM Global Services.

Introducing A Digital Button

Dallas Semiconductor Corp. has introduced a new product that stores personal identification information that can be used to access buildings or a computer network. The iButton is a Java-based, steel-encased computer with 64 kilobytes of read-only memory and 134 kilobytes of random-access memory. The 16 millimeter iButton can store more than 30 digital certificates, hundreds of user names and passwords and a digital picture of the user. To gain access to buildings or PCs, the user simply touches the iButton to a device called a blue dot that transfers information to and from the iButton with a momentary contact. Because the iButton can be used to verify a person's identity as well as provide access, all credentials are secured.

RealLegal.com Upgrades e-Transcript

Law professionals at trials and deposition hearings have a new way to electronically manage their transcripts. RealLegal.com, the Denver-based subsidiary of Law.com, has upgraded its e-transcript binder software to a 32-bit product that includes the capability to receive real-time feeds during a trial or deposition. In addition, e-transcript can receive electronically signed transcripts, eliminating costs and delays of manually signing certification pages. E-signed court transcripts can be used to replace traditional paper-based transcripts that validate the court reporters identity and the transcript's authenticity.

Verisign Launches Wireless Program

Mountain View, Calif.-based Verisign, Inc. has launched its Wireless Developer Program, enabling independent software vendors and others to provide security for transactions made over wireless networks. Among the programs initial members are 2Roam, a Redwood City, Calif.-based provider of wireless Web solutions, and Commtouch Software Ltd., a Mountain View, Calif.-based provider of outsourced electronic mail and messaging solutions. Verisign's wireless trust services platform will provide security for confidential information, such as credit card numbers, online forms and financial data, via the use of public-key infrastructure and digital certificate technologies. Through the program, Verisign will also work with wireless developers on issues of authentication, validation and certificate policies.

Issuing Digital Certificates

Companies that register their Internet domain name with New York-based Register.com will be able to purchase digital certificates developed by Dublin, Ireland-based Baltimore Technologies, a provider of data security technologies. The digital certificates are intended to support secure online transactions using 128-bit public-key infrastructure encryption. Register.com has processed more than three million domain registrations across more than 230 top-level domain extensions.

Interlink Binds E-Signs To Documents

Interlink Electronics Inc., a Camarillo, Calif.-based developer of interface technologies, plans to develop and market an electronic-signature capture product for Adobe and Acrobat electronic documents. The product, ePad SignKey, is being jointly developed by Interlink and Cyber-Sign Inc., a San Jose, Calif.-based developer of electronic signatures, e-commerce security and user authentication software. The product will capture electronic signatures using Internlink's ePad input device and will use Cyber-Sign's Screenlock software, a screensaver that uses biometric technology to analyze hand-written signatures. The ePad SignKey will capture and permanently bind an electronic signature into a PDF document.

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