A recent ECAR report identified public key infrastructure (PKI) as one of the 10 “least familiar technologies in the higher education IT environment. This post explores several points of confusion when it comes to understanding PKI and PKI implementations on campus.
BiographyAnn West manages the InCommon Federation and works with the US Research and Education community and its corporate partners on collaborative projects and services involving trust and identity.
Public key infrastructure (PKI) certificates form the backbone of most if not all Internet security authentication for sites and services and encrypted network transport today. Higher education is heavily invested in the technology used to create and manage these certificates. PKI supports secure data exchange and authentication over the Internet via the distribution and identification of public encryption keys.
Ann West ([email protected]) is Assistant Director for InCommon Assurance and Community, Internet2.