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Utimaco’s New CryptOn 2 SSL Accelerator Card Will Offer Organisations High-Performance Encryption Over The Internet



European security provider Utimaco Safeware today announced its CryptOn 2 SSL accelerator card, the first module of a new generation of encryption cards for Web servers, specialising in the acceleration of SSL (Secure Socket Layer) transactions. When CryptOn 2 SSL is implemented in the network, standard security functions used within e-business can be used to a far greater extent without slowing down the performance of the Web server involved. The encryption cards have brought Utimaco to the forefront of the growing market for secure transaction technology offering a flexible, powerful and cost-effective solution for organisations looking to maximise the security of their e-service offerings.



SSL is currently the most widely used security protocol for managing the security of a message transmission on the Internet. However, cryptographic operations for SSL require a large amount of computing capacity. This results in drastic reductions in server performance and leads to unacceptable response times for users.



By implementing CryptOn 2 SSL, dealers, banks and insurance companies can ensure that the services they offer over the Internet are secure and confidential, without any negative effects on transfer rates and response times. The accelerator card takes over all the cryptographic calculations involved in using SSL, leaving the Web server free to concentrate on providing the Web pages and their contents as quickly as possible.



“The new turbo encryptor was designed to satisfy current and future demands in the fast developing market of secure transaction technology”, commented Jackie Groves, managing director, Utimaco Safeware Ltd. She continued, “The CryptOn 2 SSL has lived up to expectations by addressing the need for high-speed, high-capacity cryptographic operations for SSL, guaranteeing maximum protection and assuring peace of mind during communication over the Internet.”



CryptOn 2 SSL, which is capable of handling more than 630 SSL transactions per second, significantly outperforms comparable accelerator cards on the market. The scalability of the CryptOn 2 SSL architecture means that several cards can be installed per server to increase performance. For example, by using three CryptOn SSL accelerator boards, more than 1800 SSL transactions can be processed per second.



In addition to performing the public key operations whilst transferring information back and forth between clients and servers in a network, CryptOn 2 SSL has a high-performance, high-security symmetrical algorithm (3DES), which is used to encrypt the data to be transferred after the link is established. This offers the highest level of security for sensitive information, such as credit card numbers. Critical information (e.g. codes) is also stored on the encryption card to protect it from the risk of being compromised.



The first version in the CryptOn family supports Windows NT Version 4.0, Windows 2000, Solaris/x86, Linux Version 2.4 and FreeBSD4.1 operating systems. CryptOn 2 SSL can also be integrated into Open_SSL (from version 0.9.6a) and can therefore be used directly in APACHE, the leading web server solution. Future plans include adding support for the PKCS#11 interface and integration with Microsoft IIS and the Netscape server family.



The CryptOn 2 SSL will be on general release from the end of October 2001.



About Utimaco


Utimaco Safeware is the leading European manufacturer of professional and certified IT Security solutions. Utimaco Safeware develops and sells integrated security solutions based on established standards for Mobile/Desktop Security and for Internet Security.

Utimaco Safeware maintains its website at http://www.utimaco.com

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