RSA Data Revamps Electronic Mail Security along E-Commerce Lines

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RSA Data Security Inc. has reorganized and refined its widely used e- mail security components to more closely relate them to electronic commerce requirements.

Symbolic of the strategic shift, RSA has changed the name of its S/MAIL software development tools, integrating them with the BSAFE security offerings.

The tools based on the de facto S/MIME standard (Secure Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) are now BSAFE S/MIME-C, for the C computer language. An S/MIME-J, for Java, is likely to follow, said Katherine Stolz, RSA product manager, security protocols.

RSA, a de facto standards-setter in the data encryption field and a San Mateo, Calif.-based subsidiary of Security Dynamics Technologies Inc., has customers "preparing to roll out e-commerce applications, including bill presentment and other applications that go beyond e-mail," said Ms. Stolz.

Effective with an availability announcement Monday-the basic S/MIME-C software development kit cost is $295-RSA is delivering "built-in hooks" topublic key infrastructures and digital certificates for secure commerce, and "server-centric features" that are suited to evolving electronic commerce methods, Ms. Stolz added. …