Netscape Communications is abotu to announce a tool that will let developers build security services in to their applications.
Although the Netscape Security Services product is targeted at independent software vendors, it also can benefit corporate developers who need to add Secure Sockets Layer encryption, authentication or other public-key infrastructure security to their applications, said Phil Schacter, an analyst at the Burton Group, a consultancy based in Midvale, Utah.
“Big IT groups have been given the mandate to create custom application code to support new extranet applications,” Schacter explained. “This [tool] provides them with some productivity benefit. They don’t have to work at the protocol level.”
A standard version of Netscape Security Services sells for $US70,000. The Federal Information Processing Standard 140-1 government-certified version costs $150,000.
Netscape next week also announced that more than 20 security product vendors, including CheckPoint Software Technologies Ltd., are integrating the company’s directory and/or certificate server into their firewall, smart card and other security-related products.