SOURCE: AEP Networks

April 15, 2009 11:00 ET

AEP Networks Partners With PrimeKey Solutions to Deliver Best-of-Breed PKI Fastrack Evaluation Program

Solution Combines Freedom of Open Source Software With Most Trusted Hardware Security Module

SOMERSET, NJ--(Marketwire - April 15, 2009) - AEP Networks today announced a partnership with PrimeKey Solutions that will give organizations a quick, cost-effective method for public key infrastructure (PKI) deployment. The combined solution from the two companies -- the PKI Fastrack Evaluation Program -- enables rapid and low-risk evaluation of EJBCA, the market leading open source PKI certificate authority founded by PrimeKey with AEP Keyper, the world's most trusted Hardware Security Module (HSM).

A set of hardware, software, policies and procedures needed to create, distribute and manage digital certificates, PKI provides identification, authentication, confidentiality and access control to the highest levels of assurance. Common uses for PKI include: document signing; digital identity; email signing and encryption; smartcard infrastructure; and electronic evidence assurance.

"With the first wave of PKI solutions, we saw expensive and inflexible proprietary solutions. As the market has matured and the technology has stabilized, organizations are recognizing the technical and economic benefits of open source software for their PKI deployments. We are pleased to partner with PrimeKey, the world's leading open source PKI company, to help organizations build, integrate and test enterprise-class PKI using best-of-breed software and FIPS 140-2 Level 4 hardware," said Pat Donnellan, CEO of AEP Networks.

To ensure the security of an organization's private and root keys, the three-month PKI Fastrack Evaluation Program offers assistance with systems planning; migration and integration; operational processes and procedures; hardware and software support; testing; deployment; and post-implementation support and maintenance. The program delivers hands-on guidance and support from world-class experts for organizations that are migrating from other PKIs, as well as those that are deploying PKI for the first time.

"Our EJBCA is an advanced certificate authority for issuing and administrating digital certificates. It is highly interoperable and runs on virtually any platform, leading it to its position as one of the 50 top-ranked projects among 180,000 open source projects available on Sourceforge.net," commented Konstantin Papaxanthis, CEO, PrimeKey Solutions AB. "Now, with our relationship with AEP Networks, we can further assure users that they are using a robust, high performing and secure PKI certificate authority."

AEP Keyper is the most secure HSM available, with a 10-year track record protecting military, government and high-value commercial networks. A tamper reactive, Ethernet-connected HSM with no moving parts, Keyper is the only HSM appliance on the market accredited to FIPS 140-2 Level 4.

To find out more about the PKI Fastrack Evaluation Program, visit http://www.aepnetworks.com/products/downloads/PrimeKey-AEP-Partnership-FINAL.pdf. To purchase the program, contact Donna Greenwood at donna.greenwood@aepnetworks.com or 732-652-5201.

About PrimeKey Solutions AB

PrimeKey Solutions AB is a Swedish IT-security company with niched competence in information and system security and product development within Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and smart card appliances. PrimeKey's vision is to provide state-of-the-art solutions that integrate with customer application environments. We help our customers and partners to solve concrete business needs in a cost-effective way, with strong emphasis on security issues. Our goal is to maintain and improve our position as leaders, in providing security solutions and services, by employing the resources at our disposal combined with our unique expertise. For more information, visit www.primekey.se

About AEP Networks

AEP Networks offers secure communications, networking and application access for government, enterprise and carriers. We work with systems integrators, managed service providers and the distribution channel to deliver integrated solutions incorporating our leading edge products:

--  Enhanced-grade secure voice and multi-service data platforms (based on
    the vadOS operating system) that support a wide range of communications
    protocols and network topologies
--  High assurance networking via IPSec-based VPN encryptors for site-to-
    site security and remote access
--  Hardware Security Modules (HSM) for cryptographic key management and
    storage
--  Secure remote access to networks and applications -- including virtual
    environments -- via application-layer security gateways and SSL VPNs
    

Headquartered in Somerset, New Jersey, AEP Networks has key hub offices in the United Kingdom, Malaysia and Australia. For more information, visit www.aepnetworks.com.