Netscape (Nasdaq:NSCP) unveiled an agreement with VeriSign to offer digital certificates to users of its Netscape Certificate Server. The move is an extension of an existing deal with the security company. The certificates are designed to authenticate the identity of a user, ensuring that a person sending a message is really who he says he is.
Beginning this fall, the companies also plan to jointly offer features such as certificate checking and key recovery.
Brian Byun, group manager of Netscape's mission control unit, thinks the move will promote electronic commerce by ensuring more secure and trusted transactions. "It's going to enable a new category of applications," he said.
Byun said Netscape's partners had requested a greater level of security because more of them are interested in transferring sensitive data over the Internet. Customers currently using the technology include Lehman Bros. and BC Telecom.
The company said it sees its extranet security technology -- which includes Certificate Server and Directory Server -- as a "foot in the door" to large corporate customers, who might then buy Netscape's e-commerce and Web server products.