FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jabber Software Foundation Establishes Intermediate Certification Authority
Free Digital Certificates To Help Secure Real-Time Communications
DENVER, CO, USA & EILAT, ISRAEL, DECEMBER 6, 2006 -- The Jabber Software Foundation (JSF) and Start Commercial Ltd. (StartCom) have joined together to establish an intermediate certification authority (ICA) for the network of servers and organizations that use the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) for real-time communications.
XMPP, a widely-deployed standard for presence and real-time messaging approved by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in 2004, includes numerous security features such as support for Transport Layer Security (TLS), the successor to Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). However, until now it has been difficult for XMPP server administrators to obtain the proper digital certificates for use in encrypted communications.
The XMPP Federation ICA being run at xmpp.net under the auspices of the StartCom Intermediate Certification Authority Program (SICAP) now enables the JSF to run its own Intermediate Certification Authority in a well-defined framework and pre-configured PKI solution. As a result, organizations that run Jabber/XMPP servers will now be able to easily obtain digital certificates, thus helping to create a more secure environment for real-time communications.
Peter Saint-Andre, Executive Director of the JSF, noted: "The Jabber/XMPP community has long been dedicated to user privacy and strong security. To our knowledge, this is the first time that any organization has established a dedicated certification authority for real-time communications over the Internet. We look forward to making the Jabber/XMPP network even more secure than it already is."
"StartCom is proud for the trust it has received from the Jabber/XMPP community in providing our services to improve the privacy and security of this important network," said StartCom Chief Operations Officer Eddy Nigg.
About Jabber, XMPP, and the Jabber Software Foundation
The Jabber Software Foundation (JSF) builds open standards for presence, instant messaging, and real-time communications on top of the IETF's Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP), and also provides information and infrastructure to the worldwide community of Jabber/XMPP developers, service providers, and end users. Widely considered the lingua franca of instant messaging, XMPP is an Internet standard for presence, real-time messaging, and streaming Extensible Markup Language (XML) data that grew out of the popular Jabber open-source technologies first released in 1999. With approval of XMPP by the IETF in 2004, the JSF continues to develop XMPP extensions that meet the needs of its many stakeholders: open-source and commercial developers (including Apple, HP, Oracle, and Sun), organizations large and small (including the U.S. defense establishment and most Wall Street investment banks), Internet and mobile service providers (including Google, NTT, and Portugal Telecom), and over 25 million end users worldwide.
For further information, visit <http://www.jabber.org/> or contact JSF Executive Director Peter Saint-Andre.
Start Commercial Ltd. (StartCom) is a software development company and solution provider located in Eilat, Israel. Best known as the producers and distributors of the StartCom Linux operating system, StartCom has also operated the StartCom Free SSL Certification Authority (SFSCA) since early 2005. SFSCA provides various public key infrastructure (PKI) solutions, from free digital certification for individuals to PKI solutions for the corporate market. The StartCom CA has undergone a successful third-party audit and its root certificate is included and supported in numerous popular software distributions, including the Mozilla project's Firefox web browser and the OpenSSL security suite.
For further information, visit <http://www.startcom.org/> or contact StartCom Chief Operations Officer Eddy Nigg.