VeriSign, Keynote Establish Partnership

Mountain View, CA-based Web security firm VeriSign and San Mateo, CA-based Keynote Systems signed an agreement to
jointly develop, market and sell infrastructure services to e-commerce sites

Effective immediately, a subscription to Keynote’s Perspective
performance-measurement service will be bundled with VeriSign’s newest Web
site offerings–Secure Site Plus, Global Site and Global Site Plus–providing customers with a solution for site security and quality-of-service
management. Financial arrangements were not disclosed.

“The integration of Keynote Perspective with our new Secure Site services provides sites ranging
from small businesses to large e-commerce portals with a secure, trusted experience
utilizing strong encryption and around-the-clock performance measurement and
analysis,” said Stratton Sclavos, president and CEO of VeriSign.

Keynote’s Perspective service enables customers to profile the end-user
experience of downloading content, including graphics and banner ads, from
Web sites. The service measures and analyzes how long it takes to access and
download Web pages. Perspective also provides daily summary reports by
e-mail, as well as an alarm service that notifies subscribers of outages or
deteriorations in quality of service.

Customers can evaluate performance
metrics for either their own sites or for other sites, allowing an indexed
comparison against competitors or other sites in a given industry.

By bundling Perspective with VeriSign’s Secure Site Plus, Global Site and
Global Site Plus, the two companies said they are providing a range of
choices for customers looking to secure and evaluate their intranet, extranet
or e-commerce sites. The offerings include either a VeriSign Secure Server ID
or 128-bit Global Server ID, which act as electronic credentials to
authenticate sites to their visitors and to enable secure, encrypted
browser-to-server communications.

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