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Microsoft Teams with CyberSafe to Make W2K Kerberos Interoperable

Microsoft Corp. and CyberSafe Corp. (www.cybersafe.com) today announced they have collaborated to extend Windows 2000-Kerberos interoperability to enterprise customers operating mixed-system environments.

Kerberos v5 is an industry-standard network authentication protocol, designed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to provide "proof of identity" on the network. Kerberos v5 is a native feature of Windows 2000 and will be shipped as part of the operating system to provide secure, interoperable network authentication services to IT professionals.

According to Microsoft, interoperability between Windows 2000 and ActiveTRUST from CyberSafe provides enterprise customers with secured communications and data transfers, accessible only by Kerberos validation; seamless interoperability with CyberSafe-supported platforms, including Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, Tru64, OS/390, Windows 9x and Windows NT; and single sign-on access to all network resources.

Keith White, director of Windows marketing at Microsoft, says this announcement is part of Microsoft’s effort to interoperate with other software platforms, and to support open standards.

Microsoft and CyberSafe have compiled their test results in a detailed Kerberos implementation paper specifically for heterogeneous environments. "Kerberos Interoperability: Microsoft Windows 2000 and CyberSafe ActiveTRUST" is available at RSA Conference 2000 in San Jose, Calif., and soon will be available on the CyberSafe Web site. – Thomas Sullivan

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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