RSA and HP strengthen crypto alliance

Deal boosts HP's development of e-commerce and Internet-related products, consolidates two companies' ties

RSA Security and Hewlett-Packard (HP) have clinched a deal to give all divisions of HP broad access to RSA's data encryption software.

The licensing agreement, agreed for an undisclosed sum, will boost HP's development of e-commerce and Internet-related products. The new licensing agreement also consolidates ties between the two companies and makes RSA Security HP's primary supplier of security solutions.

According to one source at RSA, encryption could also play an increasing role in HP's hardware products.

The deal follows shortly after HP unveiled its Secure NetPayment Solution to enable secure online transactions for Internet merchants.

Roberto Medrano, general manager of HP's Internet security division, outlines his company's plans to try and dominate this market: "Security is a prerequisite for e-services, and we are pleased to be working with RSA because they are the leaders in public-key cryptography. The global availability of RSA Security's strong encryption fits well with HP's global presence, enabling us to build one version of our products to serve all our customers around the world."

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