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  • Portentix Portentix Jan 27, 2000 5:39 PM Flag

    Here is why VRSN is down big. IMHO

    Windows 2000 launches soon, with
    built in
    certification authority. Its
    v2 (ie. it works) and v3 will
    be a killer
    app meeting enterprise security
    needs. Digital
    Certifcates play second fiddle to a
    rival
    authentication technology "Kerberos". The VRSN
    hype looks
    over - speaking as an 18 month
    long who finally
    cut most of a now
    sizable holding.

    The
    current ENTU offer is all to raise capital
    to directly
    take on VRSN in the service
    business. With stronger
    technology, and
    a later market, ENTU probably have
    what
    it takes to win now. The insurance industry,
    the
    audit industry, and the accounting
    industry have
    accepted the cost/risk/revenue
    models for certificte
    sevice businesses;
    VRSN pioneers have done the world
    a dutiful
    service. Others will probably
    exploit
    this achievement.

    The recent acquisitions by
    VRSN look
    dodgy; VRSN faces monopoly actions.
    The
    Thawte acquisition looks like an attempt
    to prevent a
    threatened cert-price collapse,
    and could represent
    unfair competitive practice vs ENTU certs. There are
    rumors of
    regulatory disapproval of VRSN quality
    standards, also.

    Can the VRSN exec team execute
    growth?

    Absolutely! but their success as VRSN
    may not have much to
    do with digital
    certificates or trust! VRSN execs
    know
    how to sell, sell stock, and do deals; this
    is
    sufficient for an investor fling, if
    nothing else
    warrants the risk. But not too
    much, now.

    P.

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