RSA Security's Crypto Patent Expiration May Spur More Competitive PKI Tools

    Date07 Sep 2000
    CategoryCryptography
    3175
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    RSA's competitors' reactions to the expiration are mixed. Baltimore Technologies Inc. responded with its own announcement of new products and initiatives. It's eliminating its runtime licensing for its PKI development suite KeyTools and will switch to a flat fee, and it's also offering a free KeyTools Lite, which includes cryptographic and digital certificate functions, including communication with a certificate authority or a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol directory. . . . RSA's competitors' reactions to the expiration are mixed. Baltimore Technologies Inc. responded with its own announcement of new products and initiatives. It's eliminating its runtime licensing for its PKI development suite KeyTools and will switch to a flat fee, and it's also offering a free KeyTools Lite, which includes cryptographic and digital certificate functions, including communication with a certificate authority or a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol directory.

    Aberdeen Group analyst Jim Hurley predicts a flurry of activity. "This is going to make it easier for competitors of RSA to come in with utilities to compete with RSA. During the next year, expect to see 20 to 30 suppliers come to market with toolsets that'll hopefully make PKI easier to use. We have to make it easier to use."

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