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Claymore Systems Releases Security-Focused Java Toolkit

Claymore Systems this week released the Claymore Secure Java Toolkit targeted at server-side Java infrastructure vendors offering enterprise JavaBeans application servers, Java-based commerce servers and Java-based application service provisioning platforms.

Claymore Secure Java Toolkit provides features to authenticate users remotely, encrypt network connections, and restrict access to application functions. It also has a public key infrastructure to support certificate-based security.

Traditionally, server-side Java infrastructure vendors have had to either implement their own security from scratch or piece together a combination of low-level security products. Claymore Secure Java Toolkit provides a comprehensive solution, Kevin Dick, Claymore Systems' president explained in a statement released by the company.

The Claymore Secure Java Toolkit has three components:

  • Secure Networking Framework: This component provides authentication and encryption services, supporting authentication using user name/password or public-key certificates. The Secure Networking Framework is transparent to developers, who need only declare the security features they want for a connection and use that connection as if it were a normal socket.
  • Access Control Engine: This component provides the capability to restrict access to application functions. Using a role-based permissions model and supporting hierarchies (e.g., groups or groups of groups) of both restricted functions and users, vendors can offer their customers method-level access control for a global user base while minimizing administrative overhead. Vendors can also restrict access to application functions based on the properties of the client connection.
  • Certificate Authority: This component provides a stand-alone solution for issuing public-key certificates used for authentication. Vendors can allow customers to issue certificates remotely to browser clients that support these standards, stand-alone Java clients built with Claymore Java client classes, and Java servers built with the Claymore Java server classes. Administrators can also generate certificates locally and distribute them on removable media. The certificate authority offers both remote and local management options.

The Claymore Secure Java Toolkit is currently available from Claymore Systems' site. Claymore Systems licenses the complete toolkit source code for a one-time fee of $200,000 with no recurring royalties. Licensing terms for source code to individual components of the Claymore Secure Java Toolkit are available on request.

A 60-day evaluation license can be obtained from the site as well.