A secure marker
- By John x_Zyskowski
- Sep 25, 2000
The name RSA comes from the three men who developed the cryptosystem in
1977 while working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Ronald
Rivest, Adi Shamir and Leonard Adleman. A U.S. patent for the algorithm
was issued in 1983 to MIT. It has since been licensed by hundreds of companies
and is used in a range of digital certificate-based applications and protocols,
Public-key infrastructures — PKIs issue, track and revoke digital certificates
that are used to authenticate and secure digital transactions.
Secure Sockets Layer — SSL is the most common way of providing security
via the World Wide Web. It provides end-to-end, operating system-independent
encryption and authentication between clients and servers.
Secure Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions — Secure MIME, or S/MIME,
is the standard method of sending secure e-mail. S/MIME is supported by
Netscape Communications Corp. and Microsoft Corp. mail clients, by Lotus
Development Corp. and Novell Inc. products, and by many other applications
Signed Extensible Markup Language — XML is becoming the new standard format
for Internet-based documents. Signed XML is a way to enable authors or
sources of XML documents to use digital certificates to prove that they
actually are who they claim to be.