Russian Elvis unites with Sun for encryption export

Sun Microsystems' strong encryption protocol will soon be available in software outside the US, thanks to the memorably-named Russian company, ELVIS+ Co. The company built Sun's Simple Key Management for the Internet Protocol into its networking products, and will distribute Sunscreen SKIP E+ through Sun's sales channels.

Sun Microsystems' strong encryption protocol will soon be available in software outside the US, thanks to the memorably-named Russian company, ELVIS+ Co.

The encryption protocol will be incoporated in ELVIS+'s Sunscreen SKIP E+ networking software. Under a recent loosening of US encryption law, strong encryption technology such as that built into SKIP E+ can only be exported from the US for use in e-commerce and banking.

ELVIS+ Chas built Sun's Simple Key Management for the Internet Protocol into its networking products, and will distribute Sunscreen SKIP E+ through Sun's sales channels.

Sunscreen SKIP E+ will include 56-bit DES and 64- and 128-bit ciphers for traffic and key encryption. SKIP E+ will be available Aug. 15 and will cost US$99 for a single user license for Windows 3.x and Windows 95 and $149 for a single user license for Windows NT.

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