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PC Week: Open RSA spec to fuel security market

Jan 22, 2000, 01:48 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Kerstetter)

"On Sept. 20, the patent on RSA's namesake public-key encryption algorithm will expire, allowing it to slip into the public domain."

"While the expiration won't adversely affect RSA -- the San Mateo, Calif., company has spent the last three years diversifying, ensuring that it doesn't rely on algorithm licensing revenue -- one thing is clear: The cost of adding good encryption to software will likely drop."

"Coupled with the Clinton administration's decision this month to drop most controls on encryption exports -- meaning that security vendors won't have to develop separate domestic and exportable versions of their products -- that's good news for IT."

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