Digital Certificates

Digital certificates are a way for users and servers utilize the public infrastructure (PKI) . Used as a passport to provide information to identify a party, a server, a company and to associate that identity with a public key.

Certificate Authority (CA)

The certificate authority (CA) is the component within a public key infrastructure (PKI) solution that is tasked with creating digital certificates. A digital certificate cryptographically links a public key with the identity of its owner. Linking is done by digitally signing the owner’s public key together with his identity information and creating what is known as the certificate. A CA need …

Public key infrastructure (PKI)

Public key infrastructure (PKI) refers to the deployment and management of a public key encryption system, where asymmetric encryption keys are used to enable secure authentication and encryption-key exchange. PKI’s authentication and key-exchange mechanisms enable security functionality such as access control, secure messaging, data encryption, data/message signing, secure boot, and more. PKI is considered highly secure but also hard to manage, …