InCharge Puts Trust in Linux

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InCharge Systems authenticates and validates originators of IP communications. Last week at the IIT VoIP Conference and Expo in Wheaton, Ill., the company released a Linux-based, client-agnostic version of its ACerted Trust software so any existing soft client running Linux can sign and validate IP communications sessions utilizing their user agent of choice and providing trusted end-to-end authentication, thereby speeding the delivery of communications services.

The software release is available for free download at the company website. ACerted Trust solution assures receiving servers of the identity of originators of Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) requests for voice, video, presence or messaging sessions. The current version has already been implemented in proxy servers.

By assigning a digital signature at the session setup, ACerted Trust allows intermediate and receiving entities to check with a trusted certificate authority to verify the identity asserted by the originator. This is the first step toward InCharge’s goal of ubiquitously extending ACerted Trust to SIP endpoints, such as IP phones, analog telephone adapters and software user agents such as PC softphones and mobile VoIP clients on smartphones.

“You see, the Internet is not insecure; it is just configured wrong," said Wilhelm Wimmreuter, vice president of international operations at InCharge.

Warren Bent, vice president of business development at InCharge, said his company looks forward to continuing work with industry partners to bring end-to-end authentication to real-time IP communications.

“[Local Area Networks] don’t trust each other. We are the trusted third party that brings them together," Bent said.

InCharge Systems goal is to bring security to open IP communications to solve the fundamental interoperability and security problems of network operators, enterprises, and application providers caused by inadequate security mechanisms in existing protocols for assuring the identities of originating end users.

“Our next step is Android," Bent said.  

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