Chrysalis-ITS, producer of the Luna line of data encryption hardware, said it has been named a key technology supplier for the Sun-Netscape Alliance's iPlanet Certificate Management System.

Chrysalis' Luna CA3 root key management system will serve to enhance the security in iPlanet digital certificates, said the Canadian company's president and chief executive officer, Steve Baker.

"Protecting the sensitive private keys with Luna CA3 is becoming a standard industry way of helping to ensure the trust of the system for the issuer as well as the holder of the certificate," he said.

The iPlanet system serves as a certificate authority, issuing and managing the digital commerce credentials that enable on-line transactions to be digitally signed for privacy, tamper-resistance, and nonrepudiation. The Sun-Netscape venture joins a list of Chrysalis allies that includes Baltimore Technologies, Certco, Digital Signature Trust Co., Entrust Technologies, Verisign, and Xcert International.

"Chrysalis-ITS is a leader in high-assurance hardware products that help to make digital certificate issuance more secure," said Claire Hough, vice president of director and security products for the Sun-Netscape Alliance. The addition of Luna CA3 "will create a high-assurance platform from public key infrastructure, allowing rapid deployment of e-commerce services that have higher security requirements."

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