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Verisign, Microsoft Team Up On Authentication

VeriSign is working with Microsoft to provide authentication services that combine Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with VeriSign's authentication services.

The companies are expected to unveil the partnership on Wednesday during a keynote speech by VeriSign Chairman and CEO Stratton Sclavos at the RSA Conference in San Francisco.

Plans call for the service to allow seamless provisioning of desktop PKI credentials to include additional strong credentials, such as one-time password (OTP) tokens, PKI tokens, smart cards and desktop PKI. The service also will allow network administrators to use Microsoft Active Directory to manage users and Microsoft Management Console to provision credentials.

"Ours is an open reference architecture, so it can work with authentication products from multiple vendors," said Mark Griffiths, vice president of security services at VeriSign, Mountain View, Calif. "Using our OATH open authentication infrastructure, we are able to authenticate over the Internet and, therefore, support a variety of authentication methods from a number of different vendors."

The service is slated to become generally available this summer, according to VeriSign.

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