Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 ECXpert Provides Identity Verification Through VeriSign Digital IDs






Actra's New ECXpert* System Provides Verification of Trading Partner Identity and Transaction Integrity Through VeriSign Digital IDs


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., -- May 19, 1997 -- VeriSign Inc., the leading provider of digital certification services for Internet access and electronic commerce, today announced the first available Internet commerce solution to incorporate VeriSign authentication, Actra Business System's ECXpert. By using VeriSign Digital Ids (sm), trading partners exchanging EDI messages over the Internet using ECXpert can be assured of the other party's identity and the transaction integrity.

Available immediately as the first product in Actra's CrossCommerce portfolio of Internet commerce application software, ECXpert delivers a new focus for EDI -- using the Internet for electronic commerce. Users can enter orders and purchases; do accounts payable; transfer funds; and link seamlessly to suppliers, distributors, customers, banks and transportation carriers. As an alternative to traditional EDI communication over value-added networks (VANs), ECXpert and VeriSign Digital IDs ensure a private, verified business transaction point-to-point.

"VeriSign is the trusted third party to certify Internet EDI," said Lincoln Yarbrough, Actra product manager for ECXpert. "Actra and VeriSign are enabling a whole new model for business-to-business commerce. This solution lowers the barrier of entry to deploy a business process typically afforded to only the top five percent of potential users."

VeriSign is providing digital authentication of ECXpert users through its Get-rEDI Digital ID Center (sm), a Web-based enrollment site. Trading partners using ECXpert generate their VeriSign Class 3 Digital IDs, the virtual equivalent of a notary public, and exchange public keys only once before they begin transacting. The authentication then becomes an automated background process, establishing ongoing verification of the business relationship. The Get-rEDI Center URL is

"The Internet is a platform for pulling, pushing and processing critical information between applications and trading partners," said Richard Yanowitch, vice president of marketing for VeriSign. "Actra and VeriSign are demonstrating that companies can do business over the Internet with the same familiar assurance as a signature on paper."

"One of the key requirements for Internet EDI is authentication of sender," said Mike Rothman, vice president, Global Networking Strategies for META Group Inc. "Leveraging VeriSign Digital IDs enables Actra's ECXpert to transparently ensure the integrity of corporate EDI transactions sent over public networks, like the Internet."


VeriSign Service Offerings

VeriSign offers its certification services through the company's online Digital ID Center, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week from VeriSign's secure operations center located in Mountain View, California. VeriSign's Public Digital IDs are available to all Internet consumers and businesses in ascending levels of assurance designated as Class 1, 2 or 3. These IDs carry the VeriSign brand which is quickly becoming the sign of trust on the Internet.

VeriSign Digital IDs are enabled in more than 50 Internet applications including market leading products and services from AOL, Netscape, Microsoft and Oracle. VeriSign also offers Private Label Digital ID services built around customized versions of the Digital ID Center for Fortune 500 companies in the financial services, publishing, healthcare and transportation industries. By working with VeriSign as a service provider, customers can leverage VeriSign's leading technology, infrastructure and practices to gain time-to-market, security and cost benefits while maintaining full control over their customer relationships and brand presence on the Internet.


VeriSign Inc.

VeriSign Inc. is the world's leading Internet Certification Authority, the trusted third party that authenticates, issues and manages digital certificates on the Internet. VeriSign's Digital IDs enable trusted electronic commerce by authenticating the individuals, organizations and content involved in an electronic transaction. VeriSign has issued its branded Digital IDs to more than 16,000 web sites and 750,000 individuals and is delivering customized Digital ID solutions to corporations worldwide including Novus Services, Toppan Printing and Visa International. VeriSign, headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., was founded in April 1995. The company is privately held and has been funded by strategic industry partners including Ameritech, AT&T, Cisco, Comcast, First Data, Gemplus, Intuit, Microsoft, Reuters, RSA, Security Dynamics, Softbank and Visa. For more information, please visit the VeriSign Web site at






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