Digital certificates move to interoperability

Leading vendors join outsourcing standards initiative that will boost the uptake of PKI for secure online payments.

Public key infrastructure PKI and digital certificates promise to bring security and identity trust to the world of e-commerce. Extensible Markup Language XML promises to make it easier than ever to share data across applications. Bringing the two closer together would obviously be of great benefit to the online economy and this is what VeriSign, Microsoft and webMethods had in mind when they collaborated on the XKMS XML Key Management Specification framework last year.

Now Baltimore Technologies, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, IONA, PureEdge Solutions, and Reuters have joined the three original companies in submitting the specification to the World Wide Web Consortium W3C for consideration as an official open standard. Entrust Technologies,...

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