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PKI Forum Publishes New White Papers to Define PKI Policy And Clarify Interoperability Issues
WAKEFIELD, Mass., May 2, 2001 - The PKI Forum, Inc., a multi-vendor and end-user industry consortium created to accelerate the adoption of public-key infrastructure (PKI) technologies, (www.oasis-pki.org), today announced the public availability of four new white papers which address the use of PKI to achieve secure IT interoperability between enterprises.
The white papers ("PKI Interoperability Framework,"
"PKI Policy," "CA-
"Just over a year after the formation of the PKI Forum, our Working Groups are already playing an important role in establishing common definitions for the industry and recommendations for moving forward," said PKI Forum President Lisa Pretty. "These activities provide a solid platform on which our members can continue to work together and come to a consensus on issues of importance to both users and suppliers of PKI-based technologies."
White Paper Content
"The PKI Policy" white paper from the PKI Forum-s Business Working Group provides general information about PKI policy, the role that policy plays in PKI, and how that policy applies to both traditional and PKI-enabled business environments. It also outlines high-level issues regarding PKI policy including certification practices, required documentation, and a discussion on how a PKI policy can be effectively managed.
The Technology Working Group-s "CA-CA Interoperability" paper discusses the issues associated with establishing interoperability between otherwise isolated PKI domains, and also covers interoperability concerns between certification authorities (CAs) within the same domain or under a common corporate infrastructure. Certificate policies, certification practice statements and PKI disclosure statements are also examined.
The healthcare industry requires secure and trusted electronic communication between many business entities on a regular basis, yet dealing with patient privacy and the protection of health records has become increasingly complex and more critical. "U.S. Healthcare" was produced by the Business Working Group to document the essential need for a secure IT infrastructure in healthcare that would increase efficiency of service without compromising patient privacy. It also identifies the challenges of passing government legislation that will be needed to accomplish the goal of a secure, confidential healthcare infrastructure.
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