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Pilot Taps VeriSign Trust Services for Enterprise Clients

A few days after signing webMethods Inc. as its first client for its new B2B trust services, VeriSign Inc. Thursday reeled in Pilot Network Services Inc. as a new customer for the same suite of security tools.

Pilot (PILT) will use the trust services for its subscription-based extranet services for enterprise customers. VeriSign's (VRSN) digital certificates have been integrated with the Pilot security infrastructure to provide managed authentication services.

VeriSign's B2B trust services facilitate high value transactions between enterprises and their trading partners on the Net. These services enable real-time proof of the identity and privileges of buyers and suppliers through the distribution of digital certificates.

"By integrating VeriSign's digital certificates with our secure hosting, extranet and VPN services, we can deliver a broad range of solutions to protect enterprise networks," said Marketta Silvera, Pilot Network Services' president and chief executive officer.

"Thousands of VeriSign digital certificates are in use in our security centers, to assure the millions of electronic transactions that Pilot Protected clients conduct around-the-clock."

The latest news from VeriSign follows the firm's March acquisition domain registrar Network Solutions, which surpassed the 10-million name mark last week.

VeriSign inked the $21-billion deal to offer its customers a more complete set of e-commerce products services by combining its security software with Network Solutions' (NSOL) giant database of domain names and Web development services.