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Security Portal: Internationally Available Strong Crypto Products, Part II

Sep 13, 1999, 18:52 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Seán Boran)

"This is the second part in a series of three articles devoted to Persons needing strong crypto Internationally. Part two focuses on Secure Email and Virtual Private Networks."

"For secure email applications, there are currently two standards, PGP and S/MIME. Whereas PGP is probably the dominant method of exchanging secure Email today, S/MIME is expected to become the standard over the next year or two, because it is backed by most of major players (RSA, Microsoft, Netscape, Lotus). PGP5 is very interesting, in both free & commercial forms. It should be considered for any short to medium term solution. A pity that it is not S/MIME compatible!..."

"VPNs (Virtual Private Network) are use to protect the privacy and integrity of information exchanged between two parties over an untrusted network. VPNs provide a means of securing network traffic and authenticating entities by providing a gateway at each point of access into a business. Based on the IPsec standards (increasingly), VPNs provide the necessary data privacy, access control, data integrity and authentication services at a low level in the network and are independent of the applications using the network."

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