The US Government has granted approval for Hewlett-Packard to export its cryptography technology, VerSecure. Formerly known as the International Cryptography Framework, VerSecure will be immediately available in Australia, the UK, Germany, France and Denmark.
Already being embraced by an array of HP's international business partners including IBM, Microsoft and Motorola as well as divisions within HP itself, VerSecure lets organisations license the cryptography technology and incorporate it into their products for distribution.
The first version available to Australian resellers will be of most use to developers of security access systems and router encrypter companies specialising in this type of technology. Later versions will be loaded into disk drives, PCs and Unix boxes.
Cryptography is crucial to the success of HP's electronic commerce plans for secure, global, Internet-based business transactions and communications.
David Lenz, the marketing manager for HP's enterprise systems group in Australasia, says the strength of cryptography required to conform with government standards varies from country to country. HP claims the advantage of its technology is it lets companies developing security products vary the level of cryptography based on the laws of the country they are supplying to.
"Because we are able to export cryptography from the US in broken format, the technology is not inhibited by a government decision. The actual technology is able to adapt to the cryptography standard the government of the day decides it wants," said Lenz.
"At the moment, I don't see it as something that will be used extensively in the channel environment but it is definitely a technology for VARs and application developers to keep an eye on."
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