Clear Communications has announced 128 bit network encryption for business customers who want to transmit valuable or sensitive information.
The technology, supplied by Canadian company Timestep, also allows Clear to provide certification authority services.
"We add even further value by combining the encryption service with our full range of Managed Network Services," says Clear's manager for enhanced services, Greg Ball. "Rather than simply installing the technology and leaving the customer to fend for themselves, we can manage the service on the customer's behalf. This frees up the organisation's resources for other uses."
Ball says Clear will install the "encryption boxes" at the customers' site and can manage configuration changes to one or more boxes from a central remote point.
"It saves the customer the hassle of having to manually upgrade all boxes if one requires reconfiguration," he says.
Clear is also planning to offer application level encryption later this year – allowing secure communication between PCs using standard broswer software and Web servers.
The company expects that typical takers for its new encryption technology will come from the finance, health and legal sectors; as well as businesses wanting to provide secure extranet sites.