VeriSign adds cable modem authentication
- By IDG News Service, Rick Perera
- Jul 25, 2000
VeriSign Inc. has added another security tool to its arsenal, announcing
on Monday a new cable modem authentication service that will allow manufacturers
to embed a digital certificate into modems' read-only memory.
Using the cable modem service, providers of products and services over
broadband networks will be able to authenticate users, the company said.
Broadband services are increasingly being pirated due to the relative
ease of cloning cable modems, according to the company. VeriSign claims
it is the only company to meet the security requirements set forth in the
Data Over Cable System Interface Specification (DOCSIS) standard adopted
by the CableLabs consortium, a cable industry association.
VeriSign is one of several companies that have been working to develop
standards for electronic signatures, which now carry the same legal weight
as on-paper signatures under the Electronic Signatures in Global and National
Commerce Act, or E-Sign Act, signed into law June 30.