nCipher Secure Execution Engine(TM) Technology Qualified by Visa USA for Smart Visa Access Solution

SEE-based Solution Enhances Security for smart Visa Access



RSA Security Conference



Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from nCipher

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- nCipher(TM) plc (LSE: NCH), a
 leading developer of Internet security products for e-commerce and Public Key
 Infrastructure (PKI) applications, today announced that Visa USA has qualified
 nCipher's Secure Execution Engine coupled with its nShield(TM) hardware
 security modules for use within smart Visa Access.   This qualification
 testing was performed by Securify and Visa USA within Securify's smart Visa
 Access qualification test labs.  With SEE technology, the security-sensitive
 components of the smart Visa Access system are protected within nCipher's
 tamper-resistant hardware security module, ensuring system security and
 enabling member banks to implement secure access to their applications.
     "Visa is delighted to have qualified nCipher's nShield hardware security
 module with CodeSafe for use within the smart Access System," said Patrick
 Gauthier, Senior Vice President, Smart Card Applications and Market
 Development for Visa USA.  "Our success is predicated on partnerships with
 experts such as nCipher, with a clear commitment and vision for developing
 security system solutions".
     Visa USA worked with nCipher and Securify, a leader in access management
 solutions, in its ongoing initiative to develop the smart Access secure
 infrastructure. Part of the solution focused on the bank's access server to
 provide protection for the sensitive code that executes the symmetric key
 validation protocol. In effect, a "'trusted validation agent" has been created
 that implements the sensitive elements of VISA's validation protocol at the
 member bank's facility.  Using the CodeSafe(TM) developer tools, nCipher
 Professional Services designed and implemented an integrated solution that is
 both secure and easy to manage for the various member banks.
     "With CodeSafe, nCipher provides all the development tools necessary to
 lock the sensitive application code and keys in the secure environment of
 nCipher's nShield hardware security module, delivering true end-to-end
 security for e-business applications," said Richard Moulds, vice president of
 marketing, nCipher. "CodeSafe plays an important role in nCipher's continuing
 mission to help its customers reduce risk, create confidence and build loyalty
 in their secure online services."
     nCipher's CodeSafe Developer Kit offers customers a flexible option for
 building a high level of security around existing e-business applications.
 "nCipher has established a tremendous reputation for their highly secure and
 flexible approach to key management," said Charles Walton, SVP of Access
 Management Services at Securify. "CodeSafe and the SEE technology are logical
 extensions to nCipher's existing product line, now enabling the application
 itself to be secured."
 
     About CodeSafe and SEE (see related release issued today)
     nCipher's CodeSafe(TM) Developer Kit enables application developers to
 easily and effectively secure e-business applications in Java(TM), utilizing
 nCipher's unique Secure Execution Engine(TM) (SEE) technology.  CodeSafe
 allows developers to write industry-standard Java programs that are securely
 loaded and executed on an nShield hardware security module (HSM), moving
 sensitive application processing inside the security perimeter of a trusted
 hardware device. Management facilities enable fine-grained access control and
 authorization for the use of security critical resources that are protected on
 the device, such as private keys, non-volatile user memory and hardware-
 secured time.
 
     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
 (LSE: NCH). With offices in Cambridge, UK; Boston, New York and San Francisco,
 USA; Dublin, Ireland; Paris, France; and Hamburg, Germany, nCipher serves
 customers and partners around the world. For more information on nCipher visit
 our website at www.ncipher.com
 
     nForce, nShield, SafeBuilder, CodeSafe and Secure Execution Engine are
 trademarks or registered trademarks of nCipher, Inc. in the United States and
 other countries. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the
 property of their respective owners.
 
      Contact:
      Claire Collins                Leanne Agurkis
      nCipher, plc.                 Blanc and Otus Public Relations
      (781) 994-4000                (617) 451-6070
      ccollins@us.ncipher.com       lagurkis@blancandotus.com
 
 

SOURCE nCipher
    SAN FRANCISCO, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- nCipher(TM) plc (LSE: NCH), a
 leading developer of Internet security products for e-commerce and Public Key
 Infrastructure (PKI) applications, today announced that Visa USA has qualified
 nCipher's Secure Execution Engine coupled with its nShield(TM) hardware
 security modules for use within smart Visa Access.   This qualification
 testing was performed by Securify and Visa USA within Securify's smart Visa
 Access qualification test labs.  With SEE technology, the security-sensitive
 components of the smart Visa Access system are protected within nCipher's
 tamper-resistant hardware security module, ensuring system security and
 enabling member banks to implement secure access to their applications.
     "Visa is delighted to have qualified nCipher's nShield hardware security
 module with CodeSafe for use within the smart Access System," said Patrick
 Gauthier, Senior Vice President, Smart Card Applications and Market
 Development for Visa USA.  "Our success is predicated on partnerships with
 experts such as nCipher, with a clear commitment and vision for developing
 security system solutions".
     Visa USA worked with nCipher and Securify, a leader in access management
 solutions, in its ongoing initiative to develop the smart Access secure
 infrastructure. Part of the solution focused on the bank's access server to
 provide protection for the sensitive code that executes the symmetric key
 validation protocol. In effect, a "'trusted validation agent" has been created
 that implements the sensitive elements of VISA's validation protocol at the
 member bank's facility.  Using the CodeSafe(TM) developer tools, nCipher
 Professional Services designed and implemented an integrated solution that is
 both secure and easy to manage for the various member banks.
     "With CodeSafe, nCipher provides all the development tools necessary to
 lock the sensitive application code and keys in the secure environment of
 nCipher's nShield hardware security module, delivering true end-to-end
 security for e-business applications," said Richard Moulds, vice president of
 marketing, nCipher. "CodeSafe plays an important role in nCipher's continuing
 mission to help its customers reduce risk, create confidence and build loyalty
 in their secure online services."
     nCipher's CodeSafe Developer Kit offers customers a flexible option for
 building a high level of security around existing e-business applications.
 "nCipher has established a tremendous reputation for their highly secure and
 flexible approach to key management," said Charles Walton, SVP of Access
 Management Services at Securify. "CodeSafe and the SEE technology are logical
 extensions to nCipher's existing product line, now enabling the application
 itself to be secured."
 
     About CodeSafe and SEE (see related release issued today)
     nCipher's CodeSafe(TM) Developer Kit enables application developers to
 easily and effectively secure e-business applications in Java(TM), utilizing
 nCipher's unique Secure Execution Engine(TM) (SEE) technology.  CodeSafe
 allows developers to write industry-standard Java programs that are securely
 loaded and executed on an nShield hardware security module (HSM), moving
 sensitive application processing inside the security perimeter of a trusted
 hardware device. Management facilities enable fine-grained access control and
 authorization for the use of security critical resources that are protected on
 the device, such as private keys, non-volatile user memory and hardware-
 secured time.
 
     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
 (LSE: NCH). With offices in Cambridge, UK; Boston, New York and San Francisco,
 USA; Dublin, Ireland; Paris, France; and Hamburg, Germany, nCipher serves
 customers and partners around the world. For more information on nCipher visit
 our website at www.ncipher.com
 
     nForce, nShield, SafeBuilder, CodeSafe and Secure Execution Engine are
 trademarks or registered trademarks of nCipher, Inc. in the United States and
 other countries. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the
 property of their respective owners.
 
      Contact:
      Claire Collins                Leanne Agurkis
      nCipher, plc.                 Blanc and Otus Public Relations
      (781) 994-4000                (617) 451-6070
      ccollins@us.ncipher.com       lagurkis@blancandotus.com
 
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