C2Net Software announced the first implementation of the IETF standard TLS 1.0 (Transport Layer Security) at the RSA Data Security Conference on January 12. According to an article in Network World on 1/19/98 both Netscape and Microsoft are planning on transitioning to TLS 1.0 from the currently used SSL 3.0 (Secure Sockets Layer) in their next generation of Web products. TLS itself is not backwardly compatible with SSL, although products are expected to remain so. Among other things TLS requires the use of strong crypto, stronger than exportable under current US export laws. US vendors will thus need to produce domestic and exportable versions of their products unless the law changes. C2Net's implementation was not produced in the US, hence is not subject to export restrictions.