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Security algorithm opens

Security algorithm opens

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RSA Security has released its public key encryption algorithm into the public domain, waiving the rights to patent any future developments that include the algorithm as of the 6th of September.

The patent for the algorithm, which has become an industry standard for encryption since its licensing in 1983, has expired, meaning that RSA Security will now have to rely on value-added services to maintain revenues from the code.

RSA Security CEO Art Coviello expects it will still benefit from the algorithm, as over the last few years it has incorporated significant performance improvements and optimisations into its products that were not reflected in the original patent.


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