ROYAL MAIL VIACODE UNVEILS RECORDED DELIVERY E-MAIL TECHNOLOGY Thursday 1 March 2001 PDF Print A further piece of the e-business jigsaw is put in place today with the unveiling of recorded-delivery e-mail. Developed by a UK team led by ViaCode, the Royal Mail's digital security services specialist, ViaCode eCourier uses digital certificate technology to provide time-stamped proof of sending, proof of opening, and proof of not yet opened for S/MIME messaging. Coupled with ViaCode's high-strength authentication, digital signatures and encryption, it means Internet e-mail and any attachments can be signed, sealed and sent recorded delivery - replacing courier-delivered paper documents for even the most important and sensitive of business or personal transactions and exchanges. ViaCode is seeking technology and service partnerships with ISPs, ASPs, and other organisations wanting to put eCourier at the centre of branded secure e-mail services for their customers. eCourier uses ViaCode digital certificates as its enabling technology. A sender encrypts and digitally signs an S/MIME message, together with any attachments using their certificate. But instead of being posted direct to the recipient, the message and attachments go first to a dedicated forwarding server where they are again encrypted - effectively double-wrapped - and time-stamped, before being forwarded. At the same time the server sends the originator a time-stamped message received receipt. When the recipient clicks on the message to open and decrypt it and any related attachments, client software automatically calls ViaCode's public certificate directory to check the sender's authenticity. At the same time it calls the dedicated messaging server to retrieve a one-off session decryption key. The server notes the time it was asked for the session key, and sends a time-stamped 'your message has been opened' receipt to the originator. In the event that a message and attachments are not opened within a specified time, the originator receives time-stamped notification. Martin Roe, ViaCode technical director, says that although the generation of proof of opening receipts looks compelling, proof of not opening may prove equally useful to both business and personal users. "Imagine you're close to the deadline for submitting an important document. If you get automatic notification that the message has not been read by the time you specify, then you're able to make alternative arrangements. Without eCourier, you'd be none the wiser. "We also expect that the time-stamped audit trail provided by an impartial third-party could prove a powerful aid to dispute resolution. With a ViaCode digital certificate providing authentication, privacy and message integrity, and eCourier providing a time-stamped audit trail, we think the jigsaw for this important aspect of e-business is finally complete." Further editorial information: ViaCode - Alison Ingleby - 020 7847 3391 Sage Partnership - Kevin Fiske - 01189 344007 Notes to editors: ViaCode Ltd is a subsidiary of Royal Mail. The ViaCode service is underpinned by the world's most proven public key infrastructure (PKI). ViaCode digital certificates are issued only after rigorous proof of identity and are instantly revocable with immediate system-wide effect. ViaCode digital certificates use full-strength 128-bit cryptography. A secure key-backup and recovery facility means critical information, previously encrypted, is not lost in the event of a certificate being damaged or mislaid. Separate key pairs for encryption and signing mean ViaCode digital signatures are non-deniable. An overview of the technology, security policies and procedures underpinning ViaCode is available on request. Web site - http://www.viacode.com This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of The Sage Partnership in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.