Locking Up Data on a Curve

 
 
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2001-01-22 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Help is here for managers who must ensure that data and signatures on handheld computers and wireless devices are authentic and secure.

Help is here for managers who must ensure that data and signatures on handheld computers and wireless devices are authentic and secure.

ECC (elliptic curve cryptography) systems provide much of the protection of schemes based on integer factorization problems or Diffie-Hellmans discrete logarithm problems, while using only a fraction of the computing power.

ECC makes it possible to incorporate a growing number of portable devices in PKI (public-key infrastructure) environments.

Adding ECC to a network is a major project. Besides requiring components on both the server and the remote device, ECC is still waiting for standards development.

However, this lightweight encryption technology is making inroads. Palms wireless network now uses Certicoms ECC technology, and Certicom has licensed ECC-based code to Nortel Networks for a handheld VPN client.

 
 
 
 
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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