Baltimore to Lock Up WISeKey

E-commerce and enterprise security solutions provider Baltimore Technologies (London: BLM) announced this week that it has become the Certificate Authority (CA) for the World Internet Secure Electronic Key Organization (WISeKey).

“Located in a high security bunker in the Swiss Alps,” said a company statement, “WISeKey will use Baltimore UniCERT to issue digital certificates to authenticate organizations acting as Commercial CAs worldwide.”

WISeKey, operating out of a facility maintained by the Swiss military, launched WorldKey, a CA that will issue certificates of authenticity — or what Baltimore describes as the keys that electronically unlock and verify the holder’s identity. Baltimore’s UniCERT technology will be used by WISeKey to issue digital certificates to authenticate international companies and organizations that provide commercial CA services, a sort of stamp of approval. “Located in a high security bunker in the Swiss Alps,” said a company statement, “WISeKey will use Baltimore UniCERT to issue digital certificates to authenticate organizations acting as Commercial CAs worldwide.”

WISeKey, operating out of a facility maintained by the Swiss military, launched WorldKey, a CA that will issue certificates of authenticity — or what Baltimore describes as the keys that electronically unlock and verify the holder’s identity. Baltimore’s UniCERT technology will be used by WISeKey to issue digital certificates to authenticate international companies and organizations that provide commercial CA services, a sort of stamp of approval.

Certifying the Certifiers

“The issue of cross certification is becoming increasingly important as more and more countries, corporations and industry sectors set up as Certificate Authorities,” commented Malcolm Hutchinson, WISeKey CEO. “WISeKey was designed to address this need with the establishment of the first geo-political Root Certificate Authority.”

Baltimore’s UniCERT CA product — which provides authentication and non-repudiation — is central to public key infrastructure (PKI) technology that is utilized by companies engaged in e-commerce to secure transaction and communications. In addition to the technology itself, Baltimore provided training, integration and consultation.

“Certificate Authorities are being deployed worldwide in order to address the fundamental requirements for identity and trust for all e-business activities,” commented Paddy Holahan, executive vice president of marketing for Baltimore. “This project reinforces the dominant role digital certificates are playing to enable global security.”

Baltimore Delivers Secure E-Banking To Poland

Baltimore also announced a strategic partnership this week with a Poland-based bank, Powszechna Kasa Oszczednosci (PKOBP), to launch a secure banking program. In collaboration with Polish software vendor SoftBank S.A., Baltimore will help deploy its PKI solutions to secure PKOBP inter-bank communications.

“As an increasing number of Polish organizations turn to the Internet to improve internal and external business practices, security becomes a primary concern,” stated Janusz Boczon, vice president of Softbank. “Baltimore’s PKI technology will ensure that Polish financial institutions are at the leading edge of e-commerce deployment.”

Securing International E-Commerce

Baltimore entered into a strategic partnership with Identrus to secure the operational pilot of an international business-to-business trust network. Identrus provided secure links between the network’s founding financial institutions, including ABN AMRO, Bank of America, Banker’s Trust (acquired by Deutsche Bank), Chase Manhattan, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and Hypo Vereinsbank.

“The worldwide scope of e-commerce and the Internet has created the need for global trust and financial institutions are aggressively adopting PKI technology for e-security,” commented Fran Rooney, Baltimore’s CEO. The Identrus initiative was significant, added Rooney, because it brought “the major players in the financial sector together to accelerate the adoption of business-to-business e-commerce.”

Certifying the Certifiers

“The issue of cross certification is becoming increasingly important as more and more countries, corporations and industry sectors set up as Certificate Authorities,” commented Malcolm Hutchinson, WISeKey CEO. “WISeKey was designed to address this need with the establishment of the first geo-political Root Certificate Authority.”

Baltimore’s UniCERT CA product — which provides authentication and non-repudiation — is central to public key infrastructure (PKI) technology that is utilized by companies engaged in e-commerce to secure transaction and communications. In addition to the technology itself, Baltimore provided training, integration and consultation.

“Certificate Authorities are being deployed worldwide in order to address the fundamental requirements for identity and trust for all e-business activities,” commented Paddy Holahan, executive vice president of marketing for Baltimore. “This project reinforces the dominant role digital certificates are playing to enable global security.”

Baltimore Delivers Secure E-Banking To Poland

Baltimore also announced a strategic partnership this week with a Poland-based bank, Powszechna Kasa Oszczednosci (PKOBP), to launch a secure banking program. In collaboration with Polish software vendor SoftBank S.A., Baltimore will help deploy its PKI solutions to secure PKOBP inter-bank communications.

“As an increasing number of Polish organizations turn to the Internet to improve internal and external business practices, security becomes a primary concern,” stated Janusz Boczon, vice president of Softbank. “Baltimore’s PKI technology will ensure that Polish financial institutions are at the leading edge of e-commerce deployment.”

Securing International E-Commerce

Baltimore entered into a strategic partnership with Identrus to secure the operational pilot of an international business-to-business trust network. Identrus provided secure links between the network’s founding financial institutions, including ABN AMRO, Bank of America, Banker’s Trust (acquired by Deutsche Bank), Chase Manhattan, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and Hypo Vereinsbank.

“The worldwide scope of e-commerce and the Internet has created the need for global trust and financial institutions are aggressively adopting PKI technology for e-security,” commented Fran Rooney, Baltimore’s CEO. The Identrus initiative was significant, added Rooney, because it brought “the major players in the financial sector together to accelerate the adoption of business-to-business e-commerce.”

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