Secure E-mail Certificates is a managed service that lets users encrypt and digitally sign e-mails through a browser. Entrust Inc. is selling one version for enterprises and a no-frills version for personal use.
A secure e-mail specification for future use has been selected by The Transglobal Secure Collaboration Program, a shared effort between British and American defence agencies and aerospace partners to devise technologies for secure electronic collaboration.
Companies are still grappling with the issue of securing their users in the field. One response is simply to restrict access. But a combination of smart card technology and public key infrastructure may provide a more productive alternative.
Users are forced to maintain multiple identities between employers, portals, user communities and business services, resulting in isolated business relationships and experiences. A federated identity is the key to eliminating this fragmentation.