CA to beef up security applications with VPN, PKI

Computer Associates (CA) plans to continue expanding its security application offerings with the addition of virtual private network (VPN) and public key infrastructure (PKI) technology to work with CA's Unicenter TNG management software.

Both the VPN and PKI applications will also operate as separate applications from the Unicenter platform, CA officials said.

"It is a logical step for us to move forward," said a CA official, who wished to remain anonymous until the company solidifies its release schedule. "PKI and VPN are two areas where we definitely see us playing."

The VPN application will be based upon the existing IP Security specification. As part of the CA Unicenter management system, the PKI technology is intended to allow for easier management, revocation, and issuance of digital certificates for authentication of users. Both applications will also include the Unicenter user interface.

CA's current security products include the CryptIT private key encryption system, the InoculateIT antivirus system, the ProtectIT policy based user management system, and the GuardIT firewall.

CA expects to ship the unnamed VPN and PKI applications by the end of the year. Pricing is to be determined.

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