NSA works on high-speed cryptography

The National Security Agency has contracted with Certicom Corp. for advanced research to safeguard classified data on wired and wireless networks.

The Mississauga, Ontario, security vendor announced the deal last week at the RSA 2003 Security Conference in San Francisco. Canadian Commercial Corp., the trade ministry's export contracting arm for Canada, made the award.

NSA wants tools to secure both hardware and software on wired and wireless classified networks without the speed hit imposed by current encryption. Certicom is the first contractor under the pilot.

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