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RosettaNet Fights Fraud With New Certificates

E-business standards consortium RosettaNet said it has a new tool in the fight against online fraud.

The Santa Ana, Calif.-based group released its RosettaNet digital certificates. The 128-bit, X.509 security algorithms use non-repudiation, digital encryption and identity verification to protect companies against fraud and Internet eavesdropping.

In tandem with identity software supplier Identrus, RosettaNet said the certificates can be used for all e-business applications and messaging standards.

Beyond its protection features, RosettaNet said it is offering itself as the steward of the certificates so its members can standardize and streamline the digital certificate purchase, installation, use and maintenance processes.

"The procurement and implementation of digital certificates are major pain points for RosettaNet implementers due to certificate interoperability issues and system down time caused by expired certificates," Paul Tearnen, RosettaNet vice president of standards, said in a statement. "[This] digital certificate offering solves this problem so our members can focus on the important business aspects of RosettaNet standards implementations that will make their supply chain more effective and competitive."

RosettaNet's offering features a single online location to track digital certificates across all e-business applications and trading partners and proactive e-mail notifications that provide quick identification of upcoming certificate expirations.

The new service also offers technical support and certificate management services to help track upcoming certificate expirations and streamline the renewal process.

"Procurement of digital certificates is an unfamiliar process for many companies which may complicate and slow down the RosettaNet on-ramping process," Matthias Gehrken, RosettaNet technical implementation manager, said in a statement. "We believe that by providing tools and support, RosettaNet can help member companies reduce these burdens in this process, which can often account for up to 20-30 percent of the time it takes to connect."