IRE gets U.S. approval to sell its encryption systems abroad

March 15, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Information Resource Engineering Inc., a maker of comprehensive encryption systems that protect computer networks such as the Internet, said yesterday that its security systems have received approval from the U.S. Commerce Department for export and will be available for sale worldwide.

Until now, IRE's encryption systems were available only to select organizations overseas. The company now plans to tap the growing international market.

Strong encryption products until now have been considered munitions and regulated by the State Department. As a result, highly secure products from U.S. organizations have never been available for broad export.

Under a new policy from the Clinton administration, jurisdiction over encryption exports will shift from the State Department to Commerce, with veto power over export applications provided by the Justice Department.

In order to gain approval for export, IRE is developing comprehensive key recovery mechanisms. Key recovery allows for the safeguarded deposit of encryption keys so that they may be retrieved later if necessary.

Pub Date: 3/15/97

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