Intel Releases Security Implementation

SAN MATEO (05/16/2000) - Intel Corp. yesterday announced the release of the open-source specification and reference implementation of its CDSA (Common Data Security Architecture) version 2, release 3.0 through the company Web site.

The security specification will simplify the assignment of security technology to networks and e-businesses that may not possess the security expertise to deploy defenses without assistance, according to Terry Smith, CDSA Marketing manager for Intel.

"(CDSA) is the glue that helps bring security services all together through a common API (application program interface)," said Smith.

Adopted last December by open standards organization The Open Group, which led the standardization of many Unix technologies as governed by 14 computer industry leaders including IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Fujitsu, and Sun, the CDSA is designed to embrace existing security technology such as the PKCS (Public Key Cryptographic Standard) and other well-known systems across a wide variety of platforms, according to Smith.

"CDSA is a security building block," said Smith. "(CDSA) does not solve every security challenge, but it simplifies the task so application developers don't need to be an expert in security. Instead, their strength could be personal finance, or Internet-based ordering applications, and (with CDSA) they can take a specific blob of data and apply security to it."

Intel intends to optimize CDSA for its Itanium processor and IA-64 CPU platform by the end of August. At about the same time, a 32/64 bit version of CDSA for Linux will be delivered in open-source form, with all major Linux distributors shipping CDSA by the end of the year, according to Smith.

HP, IBM, and Compaq have already ported CDSA security technology to run on their Windows-based operating environments, said Smith.

Customers can expect biometric authentication technology for CDSA from Intel by the third quarter of this year.

The CDSA spec can be found at

Intel Corp., based in Santa Clara, California, is at

Dan Neel is an InfoWorld reporter.

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