Trusted Services and Public Key Infrastructure

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This book expounds the role of trusted services and public key infrastructures in enabling the electronic delivery of government services to the public. It is the result of the work of the ICA Study Group on Trusted Services and PKI convened in 1999. It discusses: Ecommerce, the building blocks – trusted business environment for Ecommerce, certification, certification practice and policy, registration, certification usage and certification revocation; policies and strategies for trusted services and PKI; scale and scope of implemented or planned PKIs in the Commonwealth and worldwide; legal framework for use of electronic signatures and electronic certificates; key policy and business drivers for introduction of PKI; key technical issues and standards; barriers to introduction of PKI in government; case studies and the lessons of experience.



PKI Technology Issues, The Trust Environment and the Legislative Landscape

PKI technology is relatively new. Some of the technical standards supporting this technology are still at the development stage, while other standards are more mature and implemented within COTS (‘commercial off the shelf’) products. Many of the issues arising from the lack of standards in some areas can be avoided by organisations adopting a single product and a single CA.


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