Identrus: No PAIN, No Gain for Banks in the Business Value Chain

November 15, 2001

Abstract

San Francisco, CA, USA November 15, 2001

Digital signatures need a reality check.

According to Celent's latest report, “ ,” only a few trusted third-party providers will overcome the legal and technological issues needed to bring digital signatures to the B2B market.

Four e-commerce pillars (PAIN) are supported by the trusted third-party infrastructure: privacy, authentication, integrity, and non-repudiation.In addition to digital signatures, the infrastructure includes digital certificates and attendant public key infrastructure (PKI).

To build closer ties with corporations, banks must move beyond secure messaging and offer other value-added applications enabled by their trust infrastructure. Industry con­sortia will play major roles in this development. The report spotlightsIdentrus, a global bank consortium which has succeeded in making digital signatures a reality for banks and their corporate customers.

“Identrus stands out as the only contender that has established globally binding policies and rules," comments Alenka Grealish, author of the report. "As a result, its member banks will excel in the high-value, highly sensitive, and international business-to-business segments."

"Despite e-commerce’s current sluggishness, the time and cost savings derived from moving underlying business processes online are compelling," adds Alenka Grealish. A digital signature craze, however, will not overwhelm every sector of business-to-business commerce.Rather, the impact of digital signatures will be greatest in segments with special security or trust requirements. "Digital signatures will affect markets in Europe more than in the U.S.," comments Grealish, "because smart cards are widespread, as are e-signature laws that either explicitly or implicitly endorse a third-party trust infrastructure."

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Table of Contents

 

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 3
SECURITY AND TRUST: A WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY FOR BANKS 5
THE INFRASTRUCTURE UNDERLYING P-A-I-N 7
  E-Signature Laws and PKI 7
  Third-Party Trust Infrastructures 9
  Root Certification Authority Model 11
IDENTRUS: A SUSTAINABLE TRUST FRAMEWORK 13
  The Crowded Field of Certification Authorities 13
  The Contenders 15
  Identrus' Critical Mass and Lessons from Integrion 18
FROM CONCEPT TO REALITY: WRESTLING THE PKI MONSTER 20
  PKI: A Fallen Angel 20
  Identrus Tames The PKI Monster 21
FROM REALITY TO MARKET: BRINGING VALUE TO BUSINESSES 24
  Corporations: Unexcited by Digital Signatures 24
  Banks: Changing Their Minds by Delivering Added Value 25
CONCLUSIONS 30

 

        

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