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Utimaco Safeware today announces its new SafeGuard® Sign&Crypt 3.0 for SAP applications. This network security application allows digital signatures and encryption to be integrated into the security architecture of and has successfully passed SAP's certification process. SafeGuard® Sign&Crypt 3.0 meets growing demand for embedded security within business management software that is enhanced for e-business applications.

Digital signatures and encryption enable security-critical aspects of a company’s production and business processes to operate within an e-business environment. For example, quality management processes involving a series of approvals, releases and acceptances can play a critical role in product liability cases. In such cases the digital signature of an electronic document offers a legally binding equivalent to a conventional signature on a paper document.

"Digital signatures and encryption enable the increasing use of business management Internet software to link business partners," explained Norbert Pohlmann, Board member of Utimaco Safeware AG. "They allow the secure connection of customers, suppliers and external service providers to corporate networks in order to optimise business processes."

With SafeGuard® Sign&Crypt 3.0, data and documents can be digitally signed and directly encrypted from applications supporting the BC-SSF interface. For future integration into interoperable public key infrastructures (PKI), the security application employs standardised X.509v3 certificates. Optional smartcards provide increased key management security.

SAP's SSF interface (Secure Store & Forward Mechanism) allows a smooth integration of the security system into the respective application. The encrypted and signed data can not only be used within SAP, but also stored on any medium (e.g. tapes, disks, servers) and transmitted securely by any communication service (e.g. e-mail, EDI, HTTP, FTP).

The security policy settings are managed centrally in the SAP administration, allowing company-wide implementation and integration of encryption and digital signatures into enterprise workflows.

SafeGuard® Sign&Crypt 3.0 can be combined with SafeGuard® PKI, SafeGuard® smartcards and CardMan® smartcard readers to create a complete security solution for digital signatures and encryption based on multi-functional smartcards. Utimaco Safeware will market this product and product bundle via SAP system integrators.

SafeGuard® Sign&Crypt 3.0 will be available as of April 2001.

Utimaco Safeware AG is the leading European manufacturer of certified IT security solutions for professional use. Utimaco develops and sells integrated security solutions based on established standards for the following areas: mobile/desktop security and internet security.

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