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- New service provides true Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) assessment -

London; March 8th, 2001 - De La Rue InterClear today launched ClearStart, the first dedicated, entry-level PKI service – effectively a PKI starter pack. ClearStart provides everything required to authenticate online identities for a limited period - of up to a year.

Simply purchasing and installing a certificate server alone is not an adequate PKI evaluation technique. ClearStart gives businesses the ability to realistically assess the capabilities and advantages of a PKI on and beyond the simple generation of digital certificates. It was developed to combat the number of unsuccessful technology pilots that have been holding up PKI adoption in the last couple of years.

While there is wide acceptance of the need for online authentication solutions, 70 per cent of delegates at a recent InterClear seminar were ‘not confident’ in analyst predictions of a boom year for PKI in 2001. This opinion was fed by the feeling that the greatest challenge for PKI is ignorance in the market place. Without a way to effectively analyse an enterprise wide solution like PKI, businesses remain uncertain of the true advantages.

The ability to run an effective trial of a system within a business, and examine its compatibility, is a major decision-making factor. ClearStart is the first time organisations can effectively trial authentication, and evaluate the real security benefits specific to its own needs. Critically, it is the customer who creates the certificate regulations, so that while InterClear provides the infrastructure, the customer ‘owns’ the PKI. The customer also has the advantage of defining the responsibilities and trust model that the PKI enforces.

ClearStart is an invaluable tool in first stage PKI implementation, in planning and process evaluation. PKI relies on the rules of digital certificate use. Confusion on this issue often clouds the trial process, which has traditionally relied on technology implementation alone.

"PKI needs to be integrated into a business in a way that manages the certification process so that it creates the appropriate levels of trust to support a business case," said Bob Carter, Chairman at InterClear. "Getting this right is crucial to any business – and ClearStart is fundamental to the pilot process that ensures this."

InterClear creates and distributes a unique pool of 500 certificates for each ClearStart customer. The company then acts as an invisible agent in delivering Certificate Authority (CA) and Registration Authority (RA) services to the customers community.

ClearStart is comprised of:

- 500 user certificates, with life spans of three, six or twelve months

- five server certificates

- InterClears’ service

- request validation and certificate delivery

- consultancy

- Certification Practice Statement, defining rules of certificate access

- certificate revocation

- certificates directory service

- training

- quarterly statistical reports and audits.

ClearStart is available as a ‘General’ version, where both the customer and InterClear accept liabilities as contractually defined, or an ‘Experimentation’ version, which gives greater flexibility in validating certificate holders – but no liability is placed by either party. All response times are defined in an agreed Service Level Agreement.

Any company or organisation wanting to register interest in Clearstart should submit their details on the InterClear web site

De La Rue InterClear

InterClear – A De La Rue Company – was established in 1997 as the UK’s first commercial digital Certification Authority (CA) to provide digital certificates authenticating individuals and companies using the Internet/Intranet/Extranet for transactions.

De La Rue InterClear designs, builds and maintains outsourced trust networks that provide identity proof and authentication to manage and reduce the legal, brand and technical risks of exploiting digital technologies.
InterClear enables companies to benefit from a PKI free from the financial and managerial burden of an in-house PKI, which demands the company to issue and manage its own certificates, and without the loss of control of an ‘open’ PKI solution that is based on third-party branded certificates often supplied by national utilities relying on inflexible technology, rules and regulations.
InterClear is a wholly owned subsidiary of De La Rue Plc ( – the world's largest commercial security printer and papermaker, involved in the production of over 150 national currencies.

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