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RSA Enhances Certificate Authority Software

RSA Security Wednesday unveiled the first in a series of enhancements planned for its RSA Keon Certificate Authority software.

The RSA Keon CA software is designed to allow end users to encrypt and digitally sign important e-mail communications, including any type of attachments. RSA said the software allows organizations to define and self-administer their own security procedures, trust relationships, certificate formats and rules for certificate life cycles.

The Bedford, Mass.-based company said the software is designed to seamlessly integrate with both Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft Outlook clients.

RSA said the new enhancements will allow organizations to:

  • Implement an integrated secure e-mail solution across the enterprise that requires no client software other than a standard Outlook client
  • Automatically set configuration for signing and encrypting e-mails when users enroll for certificates, eliminating the need for users to configure e-mail clients and designate which certificates should be used for signing and encryption
  • Insert sign and encrypt buttons on the toolbar
  • Publish certificates into the Microsoft Exchange Server Global Address List (GAL), allowing users to send secure e-mail to any other user in the system without prior interaction.

"By transparently adding enhanced security to each e-mail message, RSA Keon CA software makes it possible to increase confidence in the identification, privacy and verification of e-mail communications," said Bill McQuaide, senior vice president, Authentication Products division at RSA.

The new enhancements are immediately available and support Outlook 2000 and 1998, Exchange Server 5.5 and Exchange Directory, Exchange 2000 and Active Directory.