RSA Licenses to Spyglass to Widen Distribution
Agreement Gives Spyglass Re-Distribution Rights to More Than 30 Large-Volume Customers
REDWOOD CITY, CA., September 13, 1995 -- RSA Data Security, Inc. [ http://www.rsa.com/ ] announced today it has signed a distribution agreement with Spyglass, Inc. [ http://www.spyglass.com/ ] of Naperville, Ill., allowing the company to provide RSA-secured products to its expanding customer base.
This agreement allows Spyglass, the leading supplier of commercial Web-technology, to sub-license its Enhanced Mosaic and Spyglass Server software products bundled with RSA technology to its volume customers. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
According to RSA President and CEO Jim Bidzos, the RSA and Spyglass agreement broadens RSA's distribution by tapping Spyglass' broad network of customers and other partners. Spyglass sells Web-client and server technology to OEMs, VARs and distributors who embed the technology in products they sell. Among Spyglass customers are Corel, Digital Equipment Corp., FTP Software, IBM, NEC and Oracle Corp.
"Spyglass has more than 30 customers, many of whom are the 'who's who' of the software industry," said Bidzos. "This agreement strengthens both companies' position in the marketplace. It broadens our ability to distribute RSA's technology, not only by offering it to the existing Spyglass customer base but as a significant technological advantage of Spyglass products to future customers."
Spyglass' distribution channel stretches throughout the world with several customers in the Far East and Europe, including NEC, NTT, and Siemens Nixdorf. By adding the RSA encryption technology, Spyglass will be able to offer RSA-based security schemes such as S-HTTP and SSL into its Web-client and server offerings.
Spyglass expects to offer RSA encryption in the next releases of its products which will ship before the end of the year.
"This agreement gives our customers a competitive edge," said Spyglass President and CEO Douglas Colbeth. "Security is so important to the future of the Web, and for our customers to take advantage of business opportunities they must have security. With the help of RSA, the premier supplier of encryption technology, we will now be able to do that. This is a win/win situation for both companies. We're very excited about the future."
Developers at Spyglass will use RSA's BSAFE and TIPEM software developer's kits to build security into Enhanced Mosaic and Spyglass Server. BSAFE is the world's best-selling cryptographer's toolkit, providing developers with multiple algorithms and modules for adding encryption and authentication features to any application. Both toolkits provide simplified integration of state-of-the-art encryption and digital signature technology, without requiring the developer to have a background in cryptography or number theory.
Spyglass, Inc. [ http://www.rsa.com/ ]
Spyglass, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPYG) licenses World-Wide Web client and server technologies. The company's principal product, Enhanced Mosaic, is leading client technology for accessing the World-Wide Web. The Spyglass Server is software that manages information flow between Web clients and Web sites. Spyglass technology is currently licensed by 36 customers, including AT&T, Digital Equipment Corp., IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.
Customers embed Spyglass technology in over 80 Internet-based products and services which include connectivity packages, database solutions, on-line services and a variety of end-user desktop applications.
The company headquarters are located at 1230 E. Diehl Road, Naperville, Ill. 60563. Spyglass product research and development facilities are at 3200 Farber Drive, Champaign, Ill. 61821.
RSA Data Security, Inc. [ http://www.spyglass.com/ ]
RSA Data Security is the world's "brand name" for cryptography, with over 15 million copies of RSA encryption and authentication technologies installed and in use worldwide. RSA technologies are part of existing and proposed standards for the Internet and World Wide Web, CCITT, ISO, ANSI, IEEE, and business, financial and electronic commerce networks around the globe. The company develops and markets platform-independent developer's kits, end-user products, and provides comprehensive cryptographic consulting services.
Founded in 1982 by the inventors of the RSA Public Key Cryptosystem, the company is headquartered in Redwood City, Calif.BSAFE and TIPEM are trademarks of RSA Data Security, Inc. Mosaic is a trademark of the University of Illinois. Spyglass is a registered trademark of Spyglass, Inc. Other products and brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.