Harbinger Receives Internet EDI Patent

Harbinger Corp. (Atlanta) has been granted a patent by the U.S. government for an improved process to securely exchange Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) documents over open networks, such as the Internet, according to published reports.

Harbinger's process includes using an RSA-type public/private key encryption scheme to effect secure message authentication, as well as non-repudiation of origin and receipt for EDI documents. The processes described in Harbinger's patent are precursors for the CommerceNet-supported EDI-INT standard.

RSA is a public-key cryptosystem developed by MIT professors: Ronald L. Rivest, Adi Shamir, and Leonard M. Adleman in 1977 to help ensure internet security.

--L. Greenemeier