Certicom Launches Security Builder NSE (National Security Edition)

Monday 15 November 2004 16:12 CET | News

Certicom has released Security Builder NSE. This developer toolkit enables organizations to build applications and devices that meet the field-of-use guidelines set out by the National Security Agency (NSA) to protect mission-critical national security information.

With this toolkit, organizations can be assured of proven implementations backed by Certicom, a team of cryptographic experts that has focused on optimizing public-key cryptosystems for almost two decades. The Security Builder NSE toolkit covers the technology that was part of the 26 patents licensed by the NSA plus optimized implementations that enable developers to meet the NSA field-of-use guidelines and FIPS 140-2 validation requirements. The toolkit, which is available in C code, includes: - Elliptic curve digital signature algorithm (ECDSA) (FIPS-validated) for digital signatures; - Elliptic curve Menezes-Qu-Vanstone (ECMQV) for key agreement and transport; - SHA-1 and SHA-2 (FIPS-validated) for hashing; - Advanced encryption standard (AES) (FIPS-validated) for strong encryption; - Random number generation (RNG) (also FIPS-validated); - Point compression for size and performance efficiencies; and - Support for Windows and Linux platforms. Security Builder NSE is part of the Certicom Security Architecture, which unifies all of Certicoms existing toolkits across a single API and enables developers to quickly migrate their applications to whichever cryptographic module is required. Pricing and Availability Security Builder NSE will be available in the first quarter of 2005 and priced at a one-time license fee with no royalties starting at US$50,000 per project in the field-of-use plus support and maintenance. A free license for the patents in the NSA field-of-use is available from the NSA or Certicom.

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