Nuclear Regulatory Commission Selects VeriSign for Secure E-filing Solution

Enables NRC to Speed Service to Customers and Comply With Government Paperwork

Elimination Act



Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from VeriSign, Inc.

    RSA(R) CONFERENCE, SAN FRANCISCO, April 11 /PRNewswire/ --
 VeriSign, Inc. (Nasdaq: VRSN), the leading provider of Internet trust
 services, today announced that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
 has selected VeriSign's managed digital certificate services to create a
 secure e-filing system for conducting official agency business.  The system
 enables NRC nuclear reactor licensees and other customers to digitally sign
 and securely submit regulatory documents over the Internet to the NRC, and
 will also help NRC be among the first Federal agencies to comply with the
 Government Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA).  GPEA requires that all
 Executive-branch Federal agencies makes their forms available online and
 accept them online with appropriate electronic signatures by October 2003.
     "This e-filing solution has helped us migrate our business processes
 online to deliver faster and more cost-effective services to our licensees,"
 said John Skoczlas, the EIE (Electronic Information Exchange) Project Manager,
 NRC.  "VeriSign's managed digital certificate service was easy to deploy and
 provides us control over issuing certificates to our customers without having
 to build and maintain an expensive infrastructure.  As stated in the NRC's
 Vision Statement, NRC's actions should be such that the public, those it
 regulates, and other stakeholders in the national and international nuclear
 community have the utmost respect for and confidence in the NRC."
     The NRC's e-filing system uses VeriSign's managed digital certificate
 services in conjunction with the Internet Commerce System(TM) from PureEdge
 Solutions to implement the secure online filing capability.  Internet Commerce
 System enables filers to use a master XML cover form to attach virtually any
 type of document, digitally sign both the cover form and the attached document
 and securely submit them via the Internet to an NRC web server protected with
 a VeriSign web server digital certificate.  Using the filer's digital
 certificate, the NRC can authenticate the identity of the sender and ensure
 that the documents have not been changed.  The unique XML document format
 provided by PureEdge ensures that not only the submitted data cannot be
 tampered with, but the entire document's presentation and structure as well.
 Overall the process provided by VeriSign and PureEdge provides the necessary
 security to assure both the NRC and its filers that sensitive documents can be
 securely filed over the Internet.
     "With the capability to digitally sign their electronic submissions, NRC
 licensees can ease their workflow and speed up their filing process without
 compromising security," said Nicholas Piazzola, vice president of Government
 Markets for VeriSign.  "By distributing digital certificates to nuclear
 reactor licensees and other key customers, the NRC becomes one of the first
 Federal Agencies to implement a secure e-filing solution to meet GPEA
 requirements."
     VeriSign's managed digital certificate services provide maximum
 flexibility, performance, and scalability with the highest availability and
 security.  Customers can cost-effectively establish a customized public key
 infrastructure (PKI) for issuing digital certificates throughout their
 enterprise without the expense of designing, staffing and maintaining their
 own infrastructure.  Powered by VeriSign's robust, high-availability
 certificate processing services, the solution enables faster deployment and
 lower operating costs while providing an open standards-based platform provide
 enterprises with full control over the digital certificate authentication,
 issuance and lifecycle management process.
 
     About the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
     The mission of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is to regulate
 the Nation's civilian use of byproduct, source, and special nuclear materials
 to ensure adequate protection of public health and safety, to promote the
 defense and security and to protect the environment.  The NRC's scope of
 responsibility includes regulation of commercial nuclear power plants;
 research, test, and training reactors; fuel cycle facilities; medical,
 academic, and industrial uses of nuclear materials; and the transport, storage
 and disposal of nuclear materials and wastes.
 
     About VeriSign
     VeriSign, Inc. is the leading provider of trusted infrastructure services
 to Web sites, enterprises, electronic commerce service providers and
 individuals.  The company's domain name, digital certificate and payment
 services provide the critical Web identity, authentication and transaction
 infrastructure that online businesses require to conduct secure e-commerce and
 communications.  VeriSign's services are available through its Web site
 (www.verisign.com) or through its direct sales force and reseller partners
 around the world.
 
     Statements in this announcement other than historical data and information
 constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the
 Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
 These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause VeriSign's
 actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by such
 forward-looking statements.  The potential risks and uncertainties include,
 among others, VeriSign's limited operating history under its current business
 structure, uncertainty of future revenue and profitability and potential
 fluctuations in quarterly operating results, increased competition, risks
 associated with the company's international business and risks related to
 potential security breaches.  More information about potential factors that
 could affect the company's business and financial results is included in
 VeriSign's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, especially in
 the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2000.
 VeriSign undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking
 statements after the date of this press release.
     VeriSign is a registered trademark of VeriSign, Inc.  Other names may be
 trademarks of their respective owners.
     VeriSign booth at RSA(R) CONFERENCE:  #709
 
 

SOURCE VeriSign, Inc.
    RSA(R) CONFERENCE, SAN FRANCISCO, April 11 /PRNewswire/ --
 VeriSign, Inc. (Nasdaq: VRSN), the leading provider of Internet trust
 services, today announced that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
 has selected VeriSign's managed digital certificate services to create a
 secure e-filing system for conducting official agency business.  The system
 enables NRC nuclear reactor licensees and other customers to digitally sign
 and securely submit regulatory documents over the Internet to the NRC, and
 will also help NRC be among the first Federal agencies to comply with the
 Government Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA).  GPEA requires that all
 Executive-branch Federal agencies makes their forms available online and
 accept them online with appropriate electronic signatures by October 2003.
     "This e-filing solution has helped us migrate our business processes
 online to deliver faster and more cost-effective services to our licensees,"
 said John Skoczlas, the EIE (Electronic Information Exchange) Project Manager,
 NRC.  "VeriSign's managed digital certificate service was easy to deploy and
 provides us control over issuing certificates to our customers without having
 to build and maintain an expensive infrastructure.  As stated in the NRC's
 Vision Statement, NRC's actions should be such that the public, those it
 regulates, and other stakeholders in the national and international nuclear
 community have the utmost respect for and confidence in the NRC."
     The NRC's e-filing system uses VeriSign's managed digital certificate
 services in conjunction with the Internet Commerce System(TM) from PureEdge
 Solutions to implement the secure online filing capability.  Internet Commerce
 System enables filers to use a master XML cover form to attach virtually any
 type of document, digitally sign both the cover form and the attached document
 and securely submit them via the Internet to an NRC web server protected with
 a VeriSign web server digital certificate.  Using the filer's digital
 certificate, the NRC can authenticate the identity of the sender and ensure
 that the documents have not been changed.  The unique XML document format
 provided by PureEdge ensures that not only the submitted data cannot be
 tampered with, but the entire document's presentation and structure as well.
 Overall the process provided by VeriSign and PureEdge provides the necessary
 security to assure both the NRC and its filers that sensitive documents can be
 securely filed over the Internet.
     "With the capability to digitally sign their electronic submissions, NRC
 licensees can ease their workflow and speed up their filing process without
 compromising security," said Nicholas Piazzola, vice president of Government
 Markets for VeriSign.  "By distributing digital certificates to nuclear
 reactor licensees and other key customers, the NRC becomes one of the first
 Federal Agencies to implement a secure e-filing solution to meet GPEA
 requirements."
     VeriSign's managed digital certificate services provide maximum
 flexibility, performance, and scalability with the highest availability and
 security.  Customers can cost-effectively establish a customized public key
 infrastructure (PKI) for issuing digital certificates throughout their
 enterprise without the expense of designing, staffing and maintaining their
 own infrastructure.  Powered by VeriSign's robust, high-availability
 certificate processing services, the solution enables faster deployment and
 lower operating costs while providing an open standards-based platform provide
 enterprises with full control over the digital certificate authentication,
 issuance and lifecycle management process.
 
     About the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
     The mission of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is to regulate
 the Nation's civilian use of byproduct, source, and special nuclear materials
 to ensure adequate protection of public health and safety, to promote the
 defense and security and to protect the environment.  The NRC's scope of
 responsibility includes regulation of commercial nuclear power plants;
 research, test, and training reactors; fuel cycle facilities; medical,
 academic, and industrial uses of nuclear materials; and the transport, storage
 and disposal of nuclear materials and wastes.
 
     About VeriSign
     VeriSign, Inc. is the leading provider of trusted infrastructure services
 to Web sites, enterprises, electronic commerce service providers and
 individuals.  The company's domain name, digital certificate and payment
 services provide the critical Web identity, authentication and transaction
 infrastructure that online businesses require to conduct secure e-commerce and
 communications.  VeriSign's services are available through its Web site
 (www.verisign.com) or through its direct sales force and reseller partners
 around the world.
 
     Statements in this announcement other than historical data and information
 constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the
 Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
 These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause VeriSign's
 actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by such
 forward-looking statements.  The potential risks and uncertainties include,
 among others, VeriSign's limited operating history under its current business
 structure, uncertainty of future revenue and profitability and potential
 fluctuations in quarterly operating results, increased competition, risks
 associated with the company's international business and risks related to
 potential security breaches.  More information about potential factors that
 could affect the company's business and financial results is included in
 VeriSign's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, especially in
 the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2000.
 VeriSign undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking
 statements after the date of this press release.
     VeriSign is a registered trademark of VeriSign, Inc.  Other names may be
 trademarks of their respective owners.
     VeriSign booth at RSA(R) CONFERENCE:  #709
 
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