Baltimore Technologies (London:BLM), a global leader in eSecurity systems, today announced W/SECURE, a new product which provides security for the wireless communications market. W/SECURE provides confidentiality, authentication and integrity of wireless Internet data, building a framework for identity and trust in services offered on a new generation of devices such as mobile phones and personal digital systems.
W/SECURE is an implementation of the Wireless Transaction Layer Security (WTLS), the security layer for Wireless Application Protocol (WAP). This new powerful software development kit allows application developers to build Wireless e-Security into their systems, permitting secure encrypted sessions between online networked applications. W/SECURE also integrates with Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) systems to offer enhanced authentication and non-repudiation functionality provided by digital certificates.
"WAP is possibly the most important of unifying wireless communications protocols. In this light, the combination of WAP with the potential for mobile e-commerce points to a real need for PKI-enabled security solutions. In its WTLS implementation, W/SECURE, Baltimore Technologies gains an early foothold in what will surely become a strategic battleground in the e-commerce security war," commented Andrew Tanner-Smith, Industry Analyst at Frost & Sullivan Technology Group.
The first customer for W/SECURE is APION, a leading wireless Internet infrastructure provider that recognised the importance of security for its wireless services. W/SECURE is being used by APION to build full strength security into its range of WAP server solutions including its Binnian WAP Gateway product.
"Apion selected Baltimore as our strategic security partner following an extensive worldwide evaluation," commented Denis Murphy, Managing Director, Apion Ltd. "Baltimore's W/SECURE SDK combines simple high level API with the reliability and trust that Baltimore is synonymous with, allowing us to rapidly enhance our world leading WAP gateway product"
The growth in the wireless market is being driven by the massive growth in the popularity of mobile phones, personal digital assistants (PDA) and handheld PCs (HPC). According to the Strategies Group, there will be more than 530 million wireless subscribers by the year 2001. This wireless world represents a huge new market for anyone involved in e-commerce. Using
W/SECURE in conjunction with WAP solutions presents a prime opportunity for e-business and e-commerce companies to benefit from security now offered with WAP solutions. For example, web banking, payments and online trading can now be transacted securely from your mobile phone.
W/SECURE is targeted at developers of WAP products and services who wish to deploy wireless applications that require a high level of security. Its implementation of WTLS allows developers to build full strength security into their WAP v1.1 client and server applications. WTLS is the mandated security layer within any WAP v1.1 compliant product. The high level API provided in W/SECURE abstracts the developer away from the complexities of cryptography and allows them to concentrate on the core functionality of the applications they are building. W/SECURE supports a wide range of cryptographic algorithms, including RSA, DSA, DES, Triple DES and Diffie-Hellman. Full details on W/SECURE are available on Baltimore Technologies' website at http://www.baltimore.com.
"Services and applications for wireless devices are increasing rapidly as organisations realise the enormous efficiency benefits to be gained from remote communication. Essentially, you no longer have to use a PC connected to the Internet to benefit from e-commerce," commented Fran Rooney, Chief Executive Officer at Baltimore Technologies. "However, in order to deliver these services in a secure, scalable and manageable way, new architectures are currently being designed. Baltimore's announcement of W/SECURE confirms, yet again, our commitment to providing frameworks for identity and trust that enable our customers to conduct secure e-commerce using the Internet. Mobile phones are the exciting new generation of Internet access devices."
The Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) is an industry-wide specification for developing applications that operate over wireless communication networks. It is an open, global standard that empowers mobile users with wireless devices to easily access and interact with information and services instantly. The WAP specification is developed and supported by the wireless telecommunication community so that the entire industry and, most importantly, its subscribers can benefit from a single, open specification. The WAP Forum, of which Baltimore is a member, is the global industry association that has developed the de-facto world standard for wireless information and telephony services on digital mobile phones and other wireless terminals.
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