Rainbow Technologies Inc. announced alliance agreements with two companies in the public key encryption business, Entrust Technologies Inc. and Xcert International Inc.

Rainbow, supplier of data security products such as authentication tokens and the CryptoSwift cryptographic accelerator systems for electronic commerce, said it has been designated an Entrust technology partner.

Rainbow's CryptoSwift has been certified as compatible with Entrust/PKI, a popular public key infrastructure technology in the financial industry. Joint customers can use CryptoSwift to speed up their encryption functions "while enhancing performance and preserving their software investment," said Entrust chief technology officer Brian O'Higgins.

Rainbow similarly can combine its system with Xcert's PKI software. "The interoperability of our products is essential to processing secure business transactions over the Internet," said Shawn Abbott, chief technology officer of Rainbow. "Xcert's digital certificate technology and our cryptographic accelerator expertise provide the backbone for secure communications."

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