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 Phillips Publishing - May 27, 1997

ELECTRONIC COMMERCE NEWS via Individual Inc. -- Mountain View, Calif.-based VeriSign Inc. is incorporating authentication services into Internet-based back-office ordering services released by Sunnyvale, Calif. based Actra. Actra, a joint venture between Rockville, Md.-based GE Information Services and Mountain View, Calif.-based Netscape Communications Corp., recently released ECXpert business-to-business ordering system (ECN, May 19, p. 8). VeriSign is providing digital authentication of ECXpert users through its Get-rEDI Digital ID Center, a Web-based enrollment site. Trading partners using ECXpert generate 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. Get-rEDI can be accessed at Also, Herndon, Va.-based PSINet has joined VeriSign's Business Partner Program and is now reselling VeriSign Server Digital IDs to PSIWeb hosting customers wanting to establish a secure virtual storefront. This partnership lets PSINet offer its PSIWeb customers a one-stop shop for Digital IDs, while addressing the growing need for secure EC solutions. (Susan Burnip, Actra, 408/542-3181; Ed Frankenberg, PSINet, 703/904-4100;
Kelly Ryan, VeriSign Inc., 415/429-3424.)
[05-23-97 at 18:00 EDT, Copyright 1997, Phillips Publishing, Inc.]

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