IBM has been delivering Lightweight Directory Access Protocol directory with digital certificate management software - a product bundle altogether known as the SecureWay Vault Registry - for a number of years to customers wanting to build public-key applications.
Now, IBM is also offering to provide integration services if the customer wants assistance setting up the corporate applications to work with the Vault Registry's digital certificates.
Digital certificates let the user electronically sign and encrypt documents and mail, but since few applications arrive certificate-enabled right out of the box, software development work is often needed.
"This is a new security service, and what we're offering is to integrate your application, whether it be S/MIME mail or a banking application, with the help of some 800 people trained to do this in the IBM Global Services operation," says Mark Greene, vice president, security, in the IBM SecureWay Business Unit.
IBM anticipates its software-design engineers should be able to bring up a single application in roughly three weeks at a cost of between $US60,000 and $80,000. "This would be one substantial business application, plus the Vault Registry, which is our LDAP directory and certificate technology," Greene says.
Greene notes that this PKI integration service includes consulting on the business plans, project planning and implementation, installation and testing and training of the customer's employees.
"This is something we haven't done before, when we just delivered Vault Registry to the customer," he notes. "But we hear them asking for this kind of help."