One-step website certificates become a reality
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VeriSign’s website digital certificates are to be integrated with the Zeus Web Server, giving customers a one-step, out-of-the-box process for secure e-commerce web sites.

The certificates authenticate intranet, extranet, and e-commerce web sites, enabling encrypted transactions and communications between browsers and servers across the Internet.

“Our customers rely on us to provide high performance, high reliability solutions with intuitive administrative interfaces,” said Adam Twiss, CEO of Zeus Technology. “By partnering with VeriSign, Zeus is able to offer an automated one-stop solution for creating secure web sites that is integrated with our graphical administration interface.”

The Zeus Web Server set-up process automatically generates the ‘digital keys’ needed to create a website certificate. Customers used to have to generate these keys manually after installing their web server software – a multi-stage process. Now system administrators can purchase a VeriSign website digital certificate in either standard 40-bit or 128-bit strong encryption versions.

The management interface allows administrators to see the progress of a certificate application at any time. Once the authentication process is complete, the Zeus will verify the user’s certificate and install it on the web server.

“As businesses continue to deploy web sites in greater numbers, the need for a simple and convenient user experience is paramount”, said Ben Golub, senior director at VeriSign.

The Zeus Web Server will be the first to provide automated digital certificates, and will be integrated by the end of September 2000.

Headquartered in Cambridge, United Kingdom, Zeus develops the Web server technology for a scalable Internet infrastructure. Zeus’ customers and partners includes eBay, Sprint, Telefonica, Hewlett-Packard and SGI. Zeus has offices in North America, Asia and Europe.

VeriSign provides trusted infrastructure services to Web sites, enterprises, electronic commerce service providers and individuals.




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