RSA: Computer Associates pushes PKI benefits

Determined to breathe life into the lackluster public key infrastructure (PKI) market, Computer Associates (CA) this week at RSA Conference 2002 will announce an updated version of its eTrust PKI solution and discuss its upcoming eTrust Web access control product.

CA is slated to introduce eTrust PKI 2.0, featuring simplified set-up and application integration enhancements which allow customers to utilize directory technology and access certifications and identity verification lists, said Piers McMahon, director of security product management at CA. The Islandia, NY-based software giant has embedded an online status checker for digital certificates into the product to easily distribute PKI certificates within an enterprise and operate online PKI enrollment without the need for a client set up.

When tied to single-sign-on (SSO), McMahon said eTrust PKI 2.0 can serve as a bridge to applications that are not PKI-ready and enable users to gain secure access to resources within an enterprise.

Currently in beta and due for a general availability announcement as early as April to tie-in with CA World 2002, CA will hint at features within its new eTrust Web Access Control at this week's security conference in San Jose.

According to McMahon, eTrust Web Access Control and its multiple authentication and Web resource administration component is a central piece in CA's overall strategy to provide integrated PKI solutions that do not have to be separately installed or configured into an enterprise at a slow and prohibitive clip.

"There have been some setbacks to what people expected for PKI," McMahon said. "We think in the future you're not going to buy or install PKI solution on its own. You'll deploy it [as an enabling infrastructure] for SSO within the enterprise or Web access control for ebusiness."

ETrust PKI 2.0 will be available in April.

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