Security Dynamics Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:SDTI), the leading provider of enterprise security solutions and RSA cryptographic technology, today announced the SecurMessage email security solution. SecurMessage integrates the WorldSecure Server, Client and NetTalk directory from Worldtalk Corporation (NASDAQ:WTLK), VeriSign OnSite, an enterprise digital certificate solution from VeriSign, Inc., and SecurID user authentication technology from Security Dynamics to create a secure email network within the corporation, and with remote offices, trading partners and customers. SecurMessage is designed to ensure the privacy and integrity of information by ensuring that email messages are read only by designated recipients, regardless of their email platform.
“As companies increasingly use email and messaging applications to communicate and share confidential files over the Internet, the ability to identify and authenticate users becomes critical,” said Dave Power, senior vice president of marketing and corporate development at Security Dynamics. “The combination of Worldtalk’s email firewall and S/MIME client, VeriSign’s certificate service and Security Dynamics’ user authentication technology makes SecurMessage the most secure and reliable method for exchanging email over the Internet.”
The SecurMessage solution incorporates technology from leading security vendors for securing already-deployed enterprise email and groupware applications. SecurMessage is a security overlay, providing security to most email systems an organizations has deployed, including Internet mail, client-server mail, LAN-based mail and legacy mail systems. This makes it unnecessary for organizations to replace their existing investments in email and groupware infrastructure, and eliminates the need for retraining end users on a new email system.
“SecurMessage is fulfilling a critical need within the enterprise by providing a solution that addresses a number of security threats to corporate messaging systems in addition to protecting email communication over the Internet,” said Sathvik Krishnamurthy, vice president of product planning and development at Worldtalk Corporation. “SecurMessage offers corporations the strongest level of security for its employees that communicate via email by assuring that the confidentiality of information will not be compromised by unauthorized users.”
“Securing corporate email systems is vital as companies increasingly turn to IP-based networks as the major transport mechanism for sharing information within and between enterprises,” said Stratton Sclavos, president and CEO of VeriSign, Inc. “SecurMessage provides key technologies from the leading providers of security solutions to make it possible for companies to share information over the Internet securely and confidently.”
Integration of Leading Security Technologies
SecurMessage includes Worldtalk’s new WorldSecure Server, a software solution to protect corporate email systems. WorldSecure Server provides large and mid-size companies with the tools to centrally define and enforce email security and encryption policies for all users and departments within their organization. WorldSecure Server is an email firewall that is the industry’s first comprehensive solution integrating a number of security features, including server-based S/MIME encryption and digital signature, virus protection, SPAM prevention, Internet access control, content filtering and desktop policy management. In addition, SecurMessage includes Worldtalk’s award-winning S/MIME desktop application, WorldSecure Client. By using S/MIME technology – the secure email standard from a consortium of companies led by RSA – SecurMessage provides email privacy and retains email integrity.
The addition of Worldtalk’s NetTalk to SecurMessage adds a robust Intranet email and LDAP directory server. Customers using SecurMessage can use NetTalk to store and manage X.509 digital certificates. NetTalk provides connectivity among Lotus cc:Mail and Notes, Microsoft Mail and Exchange, Netscape Mail and Directory Server, Novell Groupwise and Internet Mail systems. Organizations can use NetTalk to migrate from legacy mail to standards-based mail systems.
SecurMessage also provides built-in capability for submitting a certificate request to VeriSign, the leading commercial certificate authority. By incorporating VeriSign’s recently introduced OnSite Service into SecurMessage, companies can set up their own Certificate Authority (CA) quickly, easily and inexpensively. OnSite provides all of the certificate lifecycle services, applications support, and management tools required to operate a robust business-class CA. By adding certificate technology to SecurMessage, users can be assured that messages arrive unaltered and unreadable by anyone other than the intended recipient.
In order to establish trust between users of these certificates, SecurMessage also incorporates Security Dynamics’ SecurID user authentication technology. Although certificates offer an important level of identity and authorization, they do not address a fundamental problem: authentication. Because access to certificates is generally based on static passwords, users cannot be pr.ply identified. Passwords can be easily cracked or compromised by hackers, making the entire email communication suspect.
SecurMessage eliminates this problem by adding SecurID token technology. Using SecurID, SecurMessage guards against unauthorized access through the use of a credit card-sized token that displays a randomly generated access code that changes every 60 seconds. To access the network, the user enters his or her secret personal identification number (PIN) followed by the current code displayed on the SecurID token. This information represents a one-time passcode that is transmitted to Security Dynamics’ ACE/Server network security software for verification. This implementation of a two-factor authentication scheme provides a high level of security substantially greater than traditional passwords systems.
Pricing and Availability
SecurMessage is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 1997 from Security Dynamics. Pricing varies according to installation.
About Worldtalk Corporation
Worldtalk Corporation is a leading provider of directory-based messaging and security solutions that support organizations in transforming intranets into secure, robust and cost-effective platforms for business-critical applications and electronic commerce. Worldtalk’s solutions are designed to enable organizations to build, expand and secure full service intranets, while leveraging their existing infrastructure. Worldtalk is headquartered at 5155 Old Ironsides Drive, Santa Clara, CA and can be reached at (408) 567-1500. Additional product and company information can be obtained at http://www.worldtalk.com .
About VeriSign, Inc.
VeriSign, Inc. is the world’s leading Internet Certification Authority, a trusted third party that authenticates, issues and manages digital certificates on the Internet. VeriSign’s Digital IDs enable trusted electronic commerce by authenticating the individuals, organizations and content involved in an electronic transaction. VeriSign has issued its Digital IDs to nearly 25,000 Web sites and 1,000,000 individuals who use Netscape and Microsoft’s Internet products. The company also is delivering customized Digital ID solutions to corporations worldwide, including Novus Services, Toppan Printing and Visa International. VeriSign, headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., was founded in April 1995. The company, which is a spin-out of RSA Data Security, Inc., is privately held and has been funded by strategic industry partners including Ameritech, AT&T, Cisco, Comcast, First Data, Gemplus, Intuit, Microsoft, Reuters, Security Dynamics, Softbank and Visa. For more information, please visit the VeriSign Web site at http://www.verisign.com .
About Security Dynamics Technologies, Inc.
Security Dynamics is the leading provider of enterprise network and data security solutions. Security Dynamics’ solutions help companies conduct business securely, protect corporate information assets and facilitate electronic commerce. Security Dynamics’ products employ patent-protected SecurID token technology and ACE/Server software or hardware access control products to authenticate the identity of users accessing networked or standalone computing resources. With 2 million users in 2,000 companies, Security Dynamics is the world leader in two-factor user identification and authentication. RSA Data Security, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Security Dynamics, is the world’s brand name for cryptography, with more than 80 million copies of RSA encryption and authentication technologies installed and in use worldwide. Security Dynamics and RSA can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.securitydynamics.com/ and http://www.rsa.com/, respectively.Details