LONDON nCipher plc has acquired the trade and certain assets of Britestream Networks, Inc., mainly the stock, fixed assets and intellectual property.
This acquisition enables nCipher (Cambridge, England) to take full ownership of its line of cryptographic accelerator solutions, nFast and nForce. The products, originally developed jointly by Britestream (Austin, TX) and nCipher and introduced by nCipher in August 2005, will be manufactured by nCipher following this acquisition.
nCipher's SSL accelerators and offload cards can be used to enable the use of SSL with any networked application, eliminating the speed penalty and security risks associated with processing SSL-protected traffic in software.
Traditional SSL accelerators do only one thing: performing the computation-intensive cryptographic calculations necessary to initiate each SSL session. nForce and nFast take the acceleration process several steps further by offloading all of the tasks necessary to handle SSL on a dedicated plug-in server expansion card, removing potential performance bottlenecks and therefore maximizing the capacity of the overall system.
Both products provide 'plug-and-play' functionality for processing network traffic obeying the industry-standard secure sockets layer (SSL) and transport layer security (TLS) network protocols at performance levels of up to 10,000 connections per second. In addition, nForce also offers logical and physical protection of cryptographic keys using nCipher's Security World™ key management technology validated to the FIPS140-2 security standard.
Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.