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Entrust and NAI Pair in PKI Offering

Entrust Technologies Inc. and Network Associates Inc. today announced they have formed a strategic relationship aimed at providing interoperable solutions employing Entrust's managed public-key infrastructure (PKI) software with Network Associates' Net Tools Secure.

The companies said the alliance enables users of Net Tools Secure to accept certificates issued by Entrust's PKI solutions software. The PKI solution is designed to offer security across an enterprise's applications and to result in reduced sign-on for end users and centralized administration for an organization.

In addition, other capabilities are provided, such as automatic rollover of expired certificates, automatic certificate revocation checking, provisions for key recovery and non-repudiation, and support for multiple certificates types such as enterprise, Web, VPN and SET while ensuring lower costs of ownership and greater economic benefits compared to outsourced solutions.

Entrust also announced today that it is offering free certificates for Web and virtual private network (VPN) applications, available at the company's Web site.

The evaluation certificates allow customers to immediately use enhanced encryption and authentication services for applications such as secure e-mail, remote access, business-to-business communications and supply chain integration. The digital certificates can be employed by customers of Network Associates or of any product that supports the industry standard certificate format, in an effort to encourage open standards, Entrust said.

"This relationship between Entrust Technologies and Network Associates is beneficial to enterprise customers want to deploy integrated network security applications based on our proven PKI solutions," said John Ryan, president and CEO, Entrust Technologies Inc. "And, our offer of free certificates provides users of a broad range of Web and VPN products the ability to quickly take advantage of enhanced security services without any unnecessary overhead."

"By working with an industry leader like Entrust Technologies, we can provide our mutual customers with true integration between products like firewalls, vulnerability scanners, and virtual private networks for the first time ever," said Peter Watkins general manager of the Net Tools Secure division at Network Associates. "Together, we will offer our customers the flexibility to implement fully managed PKI solutions from Entrust that offer immediate payoffs with built-in support for the Network Associates security product line."