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VeriSign NetDiscovery Lawful Intercept Service

VeriSign Expands Lawful Intercept Service to Wireless Packet Data

VeriSign Demonstrates Benefits of NetDiscovery Service for Carriers with GPRS, CDMA 1x Packet Data Networks at CTIA Wireless 2003

New Orleans, LA, USA. March 17, 2003.

VeriSign, the leading provider of digital trust services, today unveiled its NetDiscovery service bureau solution for accomplishing lawful intercepts of packet data on GPRS and CDMA 1x wireless network technologies. VeriSign introduced NetDiscovery services for voice networks last year, offering a cost-efficient, turnkey solution for landline, wireless, and packet cable operators to meet federally-mandated obligations to provide lawfully authorized electronic surveillance of call content and call data to law enforcement agencies.

VeriSign now provides a fully integrated service bureau solution to wireless data network operators, enabling them to minimize performance impact to their network infrastructure created by the demands of isolating and monitoring target packet traffic for single or multiple law enforcement agencies. In addition, VeriSign operates a full security administration bureau to ensure appropriate handling and records management of the requisite legal orders involved in lawfully-authorized surveillance. VeriSign is demonstrating the new GPRS and CDMA 1x wireless data capability of its NetDiscovery service this week at the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association's annual convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.

"Just like voice networks, wireless data technologies need a simple, non-disruptive and cost-effective intercept solution," said Raj Puri, VP of NetDiscovery Services for VeriSign Telecommunication Services. "We have the ability to access virtually any packet data network and by using mediation equipment deployed in our network, VeriSign can provide a secure, reliable, cost-efficient solution that enables carriers with GPRS or CDMA 1x technologies to comply with all lawful intercept requirements without impacting network performance."

Puri added that as advanced multi-media messaging services become popular with mobile subscribers, the law enforcement community's need to access wireless packet data is expected to become more crucial. VeriSign NetDiscovery Service offers an innovative solution to this challenge.

In today's wireless data networks, all packet data service nodes do not have the same capabilities as voice network switches for handling intercepts. To avoid negative performance impact, carriers may be required to invest in additional network capacity, essentially building a separate infrastructure. VeriSign offers a cost-saving alternative at a fraction of a carrier's self-deployment expense by leveraging its secure mediation infrastructure and providing seamless intercept capabilities for voice and data networks. In addition, VeriSign's NetDiscovery Service can customize delivery of the requested data to law enforcement agencies based on the specific requirements of the court order, further ensuring accurate compliance.

"As the need for lawful intercept solutions continues to expand globally, VeriSign intends to remain in the forefront of development of innovative, trusted solutions that balance the needs of homeland security with the needs of communications service providers and their customers in the U.S. and abroad," said Puri.

VeriSign is a founding member of the Global Lawful Intercept Industry Forum (GLIIF), a not-for-profit group dedicated to promoting the development and adoption of a technology standard for lawful interceptions based on XML ( Anthony M. Rutkowski, VP NetDiscovery Services Strategy for VeriSign, is the current President of GLIIF. Rutkowski also was recently named chair of the LI-XML technical committee of OASIS, the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (

VeriSign will demonstrate the wireless data intercept capability of its NetDiscovery Service today through Wednesday, March 17-19, 2003 at Booth #5445 in the Exposition Hall at CTIA Wireless IT, located in the Ernest. N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana. Also at CTIA: VeriSign's Raj Puri will participate in a Homeland Security panel discussion in Room #260 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern time, Wednesday, March 19, 2003.

About VeriSign

VeriSign, Inc. is the leading provider of digital trust services that enable everyone, everywhere to engage in commerce and communications with confidence. VeriSign's digital trust services create a trusted environment through our core offerings -- telecommunications services, security services, and registry services -- powered by a global infrastructure that manages billions of network connections and transactions a day. Additional news and information about the company is available at

About VeriSign Telecommunication Services

VeriSign Telecommunication Services combines VeriSign's Internet infrastructure with SS7 signaling and intelligent network expertise and industry-leading wireless billing and customer care solutions. Through the acquisitions of Illuminet and H.O. Systems, VeriSign Telecommunication Services offers carriers a "provider-centric" approach with the broadest suite of network, database, mediation, billing, knowledge management and security services available in the industry today from a single source. Additional information is available at


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Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. Related references: (1) The LI-XML Initiative; (2) OASIS LegalXML Lawful Intercept TC website.

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