N+I: Heavyweights Band Together on IPSec

Intel, Compaq, Microsoft, IBM, and Entrust announced here at Networld + Interop Tuesday that they are joining forces to provide integrated Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) products.

Chip maker Intel announced it will provide IPSec products for both client and server platforms, which will be optimized to work with Microsoft's Windows 2000 operating system when it is eventually released.

Compaq and IBM plan on incorporating IPSec technology into their platform security offerings, and Intel and Entrust have formed the Intel/Entrust Interoperability Alliance to integrate the Entrust's public certificate-based security solutions into Intel's products.

"[Intel] used our toolkit to make their NICard (Network Interface Cards) Entrust-ready," said Nigel Johnson, vice president of partner marketing for Entrust. "Using IPSec will give IS managers lower cost of ownership and single sign on."

IPSec is an emerging standard that is still under development Intel intends to ship a family of high performance desktops and server adapters, along with other connectivity devices, that will feature IPSec protocol support, a network encryption coprocessor and Triple DES support for security.

Microsoft Windows 2000 is slated to integrate a standards based IPSec implementation, including Internet Key Exchange and central security policy management as part of the TCP/IP protocol stack. Microsoft and Intel are looking to accelerate the processing of IPSec information through the integration of their hardware and software technologies.

In January of this year Intel attempted to address security issues and authentication with its Pentium III processors by announcing it would install digital ID to track users, but was widely condemned by privacy groups. The creation of the Intel/Entrust Alliance for authenticating users using digital certificates is a similar idea to the digital ID numbers, but implemented in a more acceptable way, according to Entrust's Johnson.

"It is more palatable than what they were doing before," he said.

Intel Corp., in Santa Clara, Calif., is at www.intel.com. Compaq Computer Corp., in Houston, is at www.compaq.com. IBM Corp., in Armonk, NY., is at www.ibm.com. Entrust Technologies Inc., in Richardson, Tx., is at www.entrust.com. Microsoft Corp., in Redmond, Wash., is at www.microsoft.com.

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