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Harbinger Implements 128-Bit Encryption Outside U.S.

Atlanta-based e-commerce firm Harbinger Corp. said that it implemented its first key management infrastructure (KMI) license exception outside the U.S. with its TrustedLink Templar encryption technology.

The company said that this makes Templar "the first U.S.-based product to provide international trading partners with the opportunity to send any document over the Internet using 128-bit self-escrow keys--the most powerful Internet security available."

The Chase Manhattan Bank uses Templar with a number of its key corporate cash management clients to provide security for its electronic commerce transactions including EDI payment instructions and related remittance information sent over the Internet, the company said, adding that Templar's KMI license exception was an advantage to Chase when it recently agreed to provide the same services with a major Australian retailer.

Harbinger's Australian distributor, Leadtec Systems, located in Melbourne, and Chase Australia, are jointly servicing the solution in the Asia-Pacific market for Chase's customers.

"Harbinger's KMI license exception for Templar enables Chase to expand already domestically tested Internet-based services to our international or multinational customers, providing them with powerful encryption and authentication technology," said Chase's Jeanine Khoury, vice president and product manager for Chase Treasury Solutions.

Until last September, when Harbinger was awarded KMI approval, the exportation of encryption products was limited to self-escrow key lengths of 40 bits. Self-escrow keys enable a company to appoint individuals as key recovery agents to watch over sensitive information. International clients can now send EDI and non-EDI information via the Internet using the most robust encryption available with the KMI exception.

TrustedLink Templar is made to provide authentication, confidentiality, data integrity and non-repudiation for business-to-business electronic commerce via the Internet. It automatically processes EDI documents, allowing trading partners to monitor the cycle of each interchange from origination through receipt. This results in a secure, auditable exchange of EDI documents with positive verification of sender, receiver, size, integrity and time of delivery. In addition, TrustedLink Templar's Object Transport guarantees secure transport of non-EDI documents, such as CAD/CAM drawings, reports and spreadsheets, as well.