ABN Amro Chooses Messaging Software

CARY, N.C. - ABN Amro has installed software from Level 8 Systems Inc. to facilitate messaging between its back-end legacy software and newer front-end Web applications.Amro, a member of the Integrion on-line banking consortium, is using Level 8's Geneva Integrator to broker messages between the Integrion Financial Network, the consortium's common infrastructure, and Amro's core processing systems.

The enhanced communications infrastructure will support new cash management and on-line banking services at the company.

The $500 billion-asset banking company selected Geneva "because it provided an immensely flexible and scalable infrastructure that quickly taps any legacy system," said Alan Singer, Amro's vice president of information technology.

Level 8 has more than 700 customers worldwide.


Two Firms in Alliance For Secure Certificates

SUNRISE, Fla. - Racal Security and Payments said it has entered into an alliance with Entrust Technologies Inc. to offer enhanced security for the latter's digital certificates.Racal joined the Entrust Alliance Developer Program and completed compliance testing for its CA, or certificate authority, security module. That is a piece of computer hardware used to safeguard root keys in a certificate infrastructure. Hardware security is considered essential to airtight protection of those data encryption keys.

Racal is a British-owned company that made headlines when its point of sale terminals in the United Kingdom ran into a year-2000 glitch just before New Year's Day. The problem, which required a software fix, was not related to the company's work in security hardware.

Its CA module has been deemed "Entrust-Ready" for the Entrust/Authority certificate authority and Entrust/Commerce Connector, which manages credit card transactions according to the Secure Electronic Transaction protocol.

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