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Re: EDI and Encryption Issues
At 08:26 AM 4/12/96 +0100, Rik Drummond wrote:
>If we have to select an existing encryption/protection architecture for
EDI-over-Internet, are there preferences?
>Which does the group think is the best for EDI-over-Internet? What are the
> - S/MIME
> - MOSS
> - PGP with additions
> - Other
I lean toward PGP --- mainly because it is so ubiquitous on the net and has
plenty of fans. You can even buy 5 or 6 books on it in Borders Book Store.
I bought my share last year and have been using it ever since. The
signature certification part is worthless to me, but that is just my
opinion. I really do not think CA infrastructure is important in the
immediate future but is EXTREMELY important if we expect EDI to really be
successful in the 6 million plus small business market. Of course we will
need some real changes in traditional EDI to make this happen -- like
new-EDI (Ken Steel) taking off.
But that is another thread -- and mailing list.
I demo-ed PGP encrypted EDI with MS Exchange at my DISA session and someone
asked me why I did not use X12.58. Does anyone know of any products that
implement X12.58 for TCP/IP SMTP/MIME ? I sure don't.
S/MIME sounds really promising -- anyone know of an e-mail vendor that has
I know MOSS is available at TIS for download but have not had the opportunity
to evaluate it.
>Do some of offer the ability to support world wide EDI exchanges better
>Do some facilitate a better exchange with the X.435 standards than others?
Do we care?
I do not see X.435 as being a factor on the Internet -- if anyone has a
different view then I would like to see details.
>Do any allow us to conduct EDI easier without the need for an _initial_
CA (certification authority) hierarchy?
I think PGP works great if you ignore the "chain of trust" digital signature
>What are your thoughts?
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