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What is Public Key Infrastructure ( PKI )

A combination of set of hardware, software, policies and procedures needed to create, manage, distribute, use digital certificates and manage public-key encryption is called Public Key Infrastructure ( PKI)Its sole purpose is to facilitate the secure electronic transfer of information for e-commerce, internet banking and confidential & email. It is important to note, A PKI is not an authentication method; rather it is an infrastructure that uses digital certificates as an authentication mechanism and is built to better manage certificates and their associated keys. A digital certificate is itself a way to reliably identify the user or computer claiming to be the owner of a specific public key.

The PKI environment is made up of five components

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    Certification Authority

    serves as the root of trust that authenticates the identity of individuals, computers and other entities in the network.

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    Certificate Database

    saves certificate requests issued and revoked certificates from the RA or CA.

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    Registration Authority

    is certified by a root CA to issue certificates for uses permitted by the CA. In a Microsoft PKI environment, the RA is normally called a subordinate CA.

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    Certificate Store

    saves issued certificates and pending or rejected certificate requests from the local computer.

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    Key Archival Server

    saves encrypted private keys in a certificate database for disaster recovery purposes in case the Certificate Database is lost.

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What are Digital Certificates

A digital certificate (DC) is a digital file that certifies the identity of an or institution, or even a router access to computer based information. It is issued by a Certification Authority (is issued by a Certification Authority (CACA) and serves the same purpose as a driver’s license or a passport. The most common use of a digital certificate is to verify that a user sending a message is who he or she claims to be, and to provide the receiver with the means to encode a reply. An individual wishing to send an encrypted message applies for a digital certificate from a Certificate Authority (CA). A Digital Certificate allows a person, organization to send any data/information securely over the internet using the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)

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EZMCOM’s PKI Tokens

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    Mobile PKI Token:
    Mobility +Security

    True out-of-band PKI from EZMCOM’s Mobile PKI Token provides a rapid and highly secure implementation that scales rapidly and allows organizations to go to market with a user friendly mobile experience.

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    Standard PKI Token

    Full-range-solution from cost-effective secure chip device to latest 32-bit high performance smart card chip device with option to have Flash ROM, Mass storage and zero-footprint plug-and-play experience.

Benefits

Ease of use

Simplifies PKI based transaction signing experience for users enabling an organization to implement secure, non-repudiation environment for virtually any typeof electronic transactions.

Rapidly scalable architecture

Scales to support large customer bases, and unlike conventional hardware based PKI it provides high availability required for customer-facing systems.

Ease of PKI deployment

Plug-and-play design simplifies integration with existing and future applications with minimal change.EzIdentity™ integrates with existing Certificate Authority or provides in-built Self-Signed Certificates for rapid go-to market.

Return on investment

EzIdentity™ mSign provides mitigated risk, increased compliance, strength of non-repudiation, lower costs. Compared to competitive hardware based PKI products, EzIdentity™ mSign provides significantly lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and higher return on investment (ROI).