What I Wish Everyone Knew About PKI

Public Key Infrastructure or (PKI)  technologies enable governments, enterprises, and military organizations around the world to implement a scalable, trusted framework to know exactly who is using their resources. It focuses on ensuring information confidentiality, data integrity, and authentication. Properly implemented, PKI platforms can be trusted to secure a comprehensive range of digital applications, validating everything from transactions and identities to supply chains.

PKI provides organizations with the highest-grade security, which comes with many benefits such as full credential lifecycle management, enhanced security for data, applications, and email. A perfect PKI use is issuing Smart ID badges with embedded cryptography security features. Leveraging the underlying PKI full credential lifecycle management capabilities, the administrators are easily able to issue, reissue, update, enhance or revoke any ID cards for their employees and even business partners. All of this is completed while keeping the highest-grade security possible with state of the art cryptography and assurance of identity. See how CyberArmed keeps clients' data secure.

 

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For example, a new employee starts at a company and gets issued an ID badge. Next, the IT administrator would then issue certificates to PKI-enabled smart card badge. With this one badge, the employee is able to have access to both physical and digital locations using a single multi-factor authentication token without the need to use antiquated passwords. The user’s identity attributes are securely embedded into the chip and are protected by biometric authentication, password and/or pin code to ensure the ID badge can never be counterfeited or cloned.

Other use cases:

  • Access to the computer & door
    • Physical location – the badge allows the user to access secure physical locations using PKI transactions in a way that eliminates cloned cards from being used.
    • Virtual location – the badge also allows the user to access computer and other applications remotely with multi-factor authentication.
  • Secure access remote resources
    • Encrypt data - Allows the user to securely send and receive sensitive data without the fear of being intercepted or modified.
    • Attach documents to emails knowing the email will be encrypted and sent to intended recipient is able to decrypt data.
    • Digitally sign email - Allows the user to digitally sign documents which are validated and processed safely

As a security engineer, I wish that all organizations will eventually learn how PKI can add the additional security they need to keep out the next generation of hackers. From my experience, this technology is extremely powerful and can go a long way to making our computing world much more secure and trustworthy.

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