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VeriSign Introduces Digital Certificate Solution for VPNs

VeriSign Inc. rolled out VeriSign OnSite for IPSec, a digital certificate solution that enables organizations to secure network devices to establish virtual private networks (VPNs).

The product combines VeriSign's turnkey certificate authority software with the company's certificate processing and management services, providing enterprises with a complete PKI.

Leveraging the Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) standard for VPNs, the solution is designed to enable an enterprise or industry group to securely establish and manage a scalable virtual private network using the Internet rather than costly leased lines or other solutions, the company said.

Using IPSec digital certificates, organizations can establish authenticated and encrypted interaction between network devices such as routers, firewalls and dedicated VPN systems--both within a network as well as between networks.

VeriSign OnSite for IPSec establishes an enterprise as a Certificate Authority (CA) by combining front-end administrative CA software with scalable processing services, the company said. It provides complete certificate lifecycle management, high-speed servers, redundant telecommunications lines, data storage, daily back-up, full disaster recovery and 24 x 7 customer service. Pricing was not disclosed.

As part of this interoperable solution, networking companies 3Com, Ascend, Check Point Software Technologies Inc., Cisco Systems, Shiva, TimeStep and VPNet will be integrating support for VeriSign OnSite for IPSec into their hardware and software offerings.

Mountain View, CA-based VeriSign is a provider of public key infrastructure (PKI) and certificate authority (CA) solutions.