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Public Key Infrastructure
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Description: The Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) is a framework established to issue, maintain, and revoke public key certificates accommodating a variety of security technologies.

PKI provides for a digital certificate that can identify an individual or an organization and directory services that canstore and, when necessary, revoke the certificates. PKI facilitates the use of public key cryptography, which is acommon method for authenticating an individual or encrypting a file. PKI consists of:
  • A certificate authority (CA) issues and verifies digital certificate. A certificate includes the public key orinformation about the public key
  • A registration authority (RA) that acts as the verifier for the certificate authority before a digital certificate isissued to a requestor
  • One or more directories where the certificates (with their public keys) are held
  • A certificate management system
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Decision Source: EA
Decision Process: TRMSP 4.3.2
Decision Date: 3/14/2008
Introduced By: TRMSP
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- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (3/14/2008).
Reviewed/Updated Date: Thursday, October 02, 2014