nCipher Delivers Secure E-Commerce Accelerator For Inktomi Traffic Server

nCipher Announces Alliance with Inktomi to Deliver Increased Transaction Speed

and Enhanced Security for Inktomi Traffic Server Customers



Apr 05, 2001, 01:00 ET from nCipher plc

    WOBURN, Mass., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- nCipher plc (LSE: NCH), a leading
 developer of Internet security products for e-commerce and Public Key
 Infrastructure (PKI) applications, today announced the interoperability of its
 nForce(TM) secure e-commerce accelerators with the Inktomi(R) Traffic
 Server(R) network cache platform.  The interoperability of nCipher's hardware
 solutions and Inktomi's leading caching platform provides customers with a new
 opportunity to reduce overall latency, remove system bottlenecks and enhance
 the security of Traffic Server installations that are intended to cache secure
 content.  The integration of each company's products ensure that deployment
 cost and time are minimized without compromising overall security.
     Driven by customer demand, various network-based applications such as
 content caches must deal with the inherent performance issues and security
 challenges presented by the use of the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol.
 The increasing proportion of Internet traffic that uses the SSL protocol to
 encrypt confidential Web communications has given rise to a new generation of
 more sophisticated, 'content aware' approaches to networking.  The ability to
 cache secure content such as price lists, medical files and entertainment
 media is becoming as valuable as the ability to cost effectively and
 intelligently cache insecure content.  The challenge is how to introduce the
 capability to handle secure SSL traffic without compromising system
 performance, a common side effect of security, and without opening a security
 loophole that threatens the privacy and integrity of the whole system.
     Close cooperation between nCipher and Inktomi has resulted in a level of
 interoperability that ensures that nCipher's nForce family of secure e-
 commerce accelerators can be easily added to new or existing Inktomi
 installations to accelerate caching of secure traffic.  nForce performs two
 important functions.   By offloading the compute-intensive tasks associated
 with establishing confidential, encrypted communications from the caching
 server itself, nForce increases overall system throughput and reduces wait
 times for content delivery.  In addition, nForce provides a safe hiding place,
 away from the server itself, to protect the security keys that lie at the core
 of the SSL protocol. Stolen or compromised encryption keys would allow future
 and previous secure communications to be overheard and corrupted.
     "As a leading Internet infrastructure provider, we work closely with
 technology companies such as nCipher to offer a range of compatible products
 and technologies to meet our customers' unique networking needs," said Kevin
 Brown, vice president of marketing, Content Networking Solutions Group at
 Inktomi.  "Inktomi Traffic Server customers choosing to install nCipher's
 hardware security modules can now extend the transaction speed and security
 capabilities already offered through our products."
     "By ensuring that our technology operates with that of leading software
 providers such as Inktomi, we are making it easy for companies to deploy and
 follow the best security practices in the industry while saving money by
 making best use of their existing server resources," said Richard Moulds,
 vice-president of marketing at nCipher. "nCipher is particularly well placed
 to meet the unique needs of content caching and media delivery networks
 because of its unique ability to scale, enabling secure management of multiple
 security devices, geographically distributed, all under a centrally defined
 and yet locally administered security policy.
     nCipher's secure e-commerce accelerators  are available as either PCI
 plug-in cards or as SCSI connected peripheral devices.  A single nForce device
 can boost server performance to support up to 400 new SSL based browser
 connections per second, an increase of over 20 fold when compared to a
 typical, unaided server.  In the most demanding situations, additional nForce
 devices can be added to the same server to increase performance even further.
 The security capabilities provided by nForce have been independently assessed
 and validated against the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-
 1, a frequently specified benchmark for security devices intended for e-
 commerce applications.  Optionally nForce can be supplied with KeySafe, a
 sophisticated key management tool presented through an easy to use graphical
 user interface.
 
     About nCipher
     nCipher is a leading developer of Internet security products specifically
 designed for e-commerce and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) applications.
 nCipher's products, which incorporate both hardware and software, help its
 customers to solve problems of information security, systems scalability and
 processing speed in e-commerce and PKI applications. In addition, nCipher also
 offers technical support and professional services. nCipher's products are
 particularly well suited to e-business users with high volumes of security-
 sensitive transactions, such as banking and financial institutions, e-
 retailers and service providers (ISP/ASPs) and Government agencies.
     nCipher is listed on the London Stock Exchange as a TechMARK 100 company
 under the ticker symbol NCH.L. With offices in Cambridge, UK; Boston, New York
 and San Francisco, USA; Dublin, Ireland; Paris, France; and Hamburg, Germany,
 nCipher serves customers and partners in many locations around the world.
     For more information on nCipher products and services, visit our Web site
 at http://www.ncipher.com/.
     nForce, KeySafe and nCipher are trademarks or registered trademarks of
 nCipher Corporation Ltd in the United Kingdom and other countries. All other
 trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective
 owners.
     Inktomi, Traffic Server and the tri-colored cube design are trademarks or
 registered trademarks of Inktomi Corporation in the United States and other
 countries.
 
     Claire Collins
     nCipher Inc.
     781.994.4000
     ccollins@us.ncipher.com
 
     Stephanie Figura
     Blanc & Otus Public Relations for nCipher
     617.451.6070
     sfigura@blancandotus.com
 
 

SOURCE nCipher plc
    WOBURN, Mass., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- nCipher plc (LSE: NCH), a leading
 developer of Internet security products for e-commerce and Public Key
 Infrastructure (PKI) applications, today announced the interoperability of its
 nForce(TM) secure e-commerce accelerators with the Inktomi(R) Traffic
 Server(R) network cache platform.  The interoperability of nCipher's hardware
 solutions and Inktomi's leading caching platform provides customers with a new
 opportunity to reduce overall latency, remove system bottlenecks and enhance
 the security of Traffic Server installations that are intended to cache secure
 content.  The integration of each company's products ensure that deployment
 cost and time are minimized without compromising overall security.
     Driven by customer demand, various network-based applications such as
 content caches must deal with the inherent performance issues and security
 challenges presented by the use of the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol.
 The increasing proportion of Internet traffic that uses the SSL protocol to
 encrypt confidential Web communications has given rise to a new generation of
 more sophisticated, 'content aware' approaches to networking.  The ability to
 cache secure content such as price lists, medical files and entertainment
 media is becoming as valuable as the ability to cost effectively and
 intelligently cache insecure content.  The challenge is how to introduce the
 capability to handle secure SSL traffic without compromising system
 performance, a common side effect of security, and without opening a security
 loophole that threatens the privacy and integrity of the whole system.
     Close cooperation between nCipher and Inktomi has resulted in a level of
 interoperability that ensures that nCipher's nForce family of secure e-
 commerce accelerators can be easily added to new or existing Inktomi
 installations to accelerate caching of secure traffic.  nForce performs two
 important functions.   By offloading the compute-intensive tasks associated
 with establishing confidential, encrypted communications from the caching
 server itself, nForce increases overall system throughput and reduces wait
 times for content delivery.  In addition, nForce provides a safe hiding place,
 away from the server itself, to protect the security keys that lie at the core
 of the SSL protocol. Stolen or compromised encryption keys would allow future
 and previous secure communications to be overheard and corrupted.
     "As a leading Internet infrastructure provider, we work closely with
 technology companies such as nCipher to offer a range of compatible products
 and technologies to meet our customers' unique networking needs," said Kevin
 Brown, vice president of marketing, Content Networking Solutions Group at
 Inktomi.  "Inktomi Traffic Server customers choosing to install nCipher's
 hardware security modules can now extend the transaction speed and security
 capabilities already offered through our products."
     "By ensuring that our technology operates with that of leading software
 providers such as Inktomi, we are making it easy for companies to deploy and
 follow the best security practices in the industry while saving money by
 making best use of their existing server resources," said Richard Moulds,
 vice-president of marketing at nCipher. "nCipher is particularly well placed
 to meet the unique needs of content caching and media delivery networks
 because of its unique ability to scale, enabling secure management of multiple
 security devices, geographically distributed, all under a centrally defined
 and yet locally administered security policy.
     nCipher's secure e-commerce accelerators  are available as either PCI
 plug-in cards or as SCSI connected peripheral devices.  A single nForce device
 can boost server performance to support up to 400 new SSL based browser
 connections per second, an increase of over 20 fold when compared to a
 typical, unaided server.  In the most demanding situations, additional nForce
 devices can be added to the same server to increase performance even further.
 The security capabilities provided by nForce have been independently assessed
 and validated against the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-
 1, a frequently specified benchmark for security devices intended for e-
 commerce applications.  Optionally nForce can be supplied with KeySafe, a
 sophisticated key management tool presented through an easy to use graphical
 user interface.
 
     About nCipher
     nCipher is a leading developer of Internet security products specifically
 designed for e-commerce and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) applications.
 nCipher's products, which incorporate both hardware and software, help its
 customers to solve problems of information security, systems scalability and
 processing speed in e-commerce and PKI applications. In addition, nCipher also
 offers technical support and professional services. nCipher's products are
 particularly well suited to e-business users with high volumes of security-
 sensitive transactions, such as banking and financial institutions, e-
 retailers and service providers (ISP/ASPs) and Government agencies.
     nCipher is listed on the London Stock Exchange as a TechMARK 100 company
 under the ticker symbol NCH.L. With offices in Cambridge, UK; Boston, New York
 and San Francisco, USA; Dublin, Ireland; Paris, France; and Hamburg, Germany,
 nCipher serves customers and partners in many locations around the world.
     For more information on nCipher products and services, visit our Web site
 at http://www.ncipher.com/.
     nForce, KeySafe and nCipher are trademarks or registered trademarks of
 nCipher Corporation Ltd in the United Kingdom and other countries. All other
 trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective
 owners.
     Inktomi, Traffic Server and the tri-colored cube design are trademarks or
 registered trademarks of Inktomi Corporation in the United States and other
 countries.
 
     Claire Collins
     nCipher Inc.
     781.994.4000
     ccollins@us.ncipher.com
 
     Stephanie Figura
     Blanc & Otus Public Relations for nCipher
     617.451.6070
     sfigura@blancandotus.com
 
 SOURCE  nCipher plc