Certicom Release Security Builder Crypto-C# for the Microsoft .NET Framework

Wednesday 24 March 2004 00:55 CET | News

Certicom has released Security Builder Crypto-C#, the first commercially available cryptographic developer toolkit for the Microsoft .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework.

The Microsoft .NET Framework is a set of software technologies that helps developers to build Web-based applications for their Windows platforms. Security Builder Crypto-C# enables developers to easily add strong, efficient security to these applications on a desktop or portable device, without the need to learn new programming routines. Security Builder Crypto-C# allows developers to easily port most crypto algorithms, including Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC), from their desktop .NET Framework-based applications to Windows CE.NET, thereby significantly reducing development time. Because Security Builder Crypto-C# provides its functionality through a standard Microsoft Visual C# .NET application program interface (API), developers can use their existing Visual C# .NET knowledge to add security. Security Builder Crypto-C# is the newest addition to the Security Builder suite of developer toolkits. It is built on the Security Builder Crypto 4.0 platform, which is designed for developers who need to incorporate encryption, public keys and other security mechanisms over disparate platforms (supports 30 platforms including most Windows versions) without compromising performance. Security Builder Crypto-C# also includes FIPS-validated algorithms, which are considered a benchmark for security by government departments. Security Builder Crypto-C# is optimized for resource-constrained devices and includes standards-based ECC implementations, a public-key cryptography technique approved by the U.S. government and many standards organizations including ANSI, IETF, IEEE and NIST. Certicoms ECC implementation is ideal for supporting the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), since the key sizes scale linearly, resulting in stronger security and improved performance over legacy systems. This is important since it enables the securing of wireless devices that are limited by low processing speed, memory, and battery power. Other toolkits in the Security Builder by Certicom Suite include Security Builder GSE, a FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic module, Security Builder PKI, a digital certificate management toolkit, and Security Builder SSL, a complete secure sockets layer toolkit. Security Builder Crypto-C# is available immediately and is priced with a license fee and royalties based on the number of devices.

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