Verisign in smart card security deal

Internet domain registry and security specialist VeriSign Inc. and smart card software maker ActivCard Inc. will announce later on Thursday a partnership to develop a secure log-on system for computer networks, a spokesman from ActivCard confirmed.

As part of the agreement, VeriSign will develop smart cards using ActivCard's software that will hold encrypted digital certificates and passwords so that users can log into a network with the card and password, the spokesman from ActivCard's European headquarters confirmed.

VeriSign could not immediately be reached for comment.

ActivCard, which bases its software on Sun Microsystems' JavaCard operating system, will give VeriSign the ability to take advantage of public key-based (PKI) authentication systems, the spokesman said.

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