Cyber IQ Debuts Secure Transaction Processing

Cyber IQ Systems Inc. plans to roll out an encryption/decryption device next week aimed at speeding secure transactions on Web and e-commerce sites.

The Cyber SSL e-commerce accelerator has the potential to take some of the load traditionally placed on Web servers and process those transactions more quickly, says Cindy Borovick, an analyst with IDC. Cyber SSL could mean faster response times for surfers and less need to upgrade or purchase new Web servers for network managers, she says.

"The bottom line is that there is a need to off-load server processing wherever possible because servers traditionally haven't done communications very well," she notes, referring to the type of processing that secure transactions require. The device works by off-loading the CPU-intensive encryption/decryption processing associated with Web and e-commerce transactions such as shopping carts and credit card purchases.

Cyber IQ competes with several vendors in the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) acceleration market, which includes F5, Intel and Sun. Borovick says IDC expects about 9,000 SSL accelerators to ship by year-end.

Cyber SSL can support more than 100,000 concurrent sessions. That is the number of sessions it holds in memory while the Web surfer's secure request is being processed.

The Cyber SSL device features two Fast Ethernet ports or a single Gigabit Ethernet port and a serial port for a console. Phil Grasso, director of e-commerce business at Cyber IQ, says Cyber SSL devices can be configured in load-balanced clusters to meet peak demand for secure transactions. The clustering and load-balancing capabilities integrated into the devices help ensure that no single Cyber SSL is a point of failure and requests are routed to one that can handle them.

Cyber SSL devices typically hang off Web content switches, such as those available from Nortel Networks and Cisco. The devices sit in front of Web server farms and behind a router or firewall on the network.

Cyber SSL will be available the first week of December and is priced at US$16,

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