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Conclusions

There are many proposals for adding security to the Internet. Netscape's is particularly elegant in that it can be implemented in a transparent manner without changing existing protocols. It is already built into Netscape 1.1 and interested readers who have access to this web browser can try the system at a number of sites including the RSA Inc. secure webpage https://www.rsa.com/netscape.

Netscape have taken a strong path to standardisation of their proposal by making it open, submitting it as an Interent Draft, providing a reference port and implementing it in their products. From this base they must be in a strong position to take a lead in the emerging Internet security architecture.


Tony McGregor
Fri Jun 23 19:57:11 NZST 1995