Verisign Inc., the Internet certification specialist allied with Visa International and Dean Witter, Discover & Co., said it has demonstrated complete SET integration and interoperability with Maithean Inc. and International Business Machines Corp.

"This announcement signifies Verisign's readiness to support the live rollout of full SET with interoperable certificate issuance" for cardholder, merchant, and bank-payment gateway, the company said.

In the demonstration, IBM Net.Commerce Manager successfully requested signature and encryption certificates from Verisign. Maithean's NetPay system made the necessary exchanges using hardware- and software-based cryptography.

At the RSA Data Security Inc.'s San Francisco conference in January, Verisign and IBM demonstrated the first on-line issuance of cardholder certificates.

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