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GAO Report on Federal Public Key Infrastructure Initiatives

Information Security: Status of Federal Public Key Infrastructure Activities at Major Departments and Agencies. GAO-04-157, December 15. From the Highlights: “PKI implementation continues to pose major challenges for agencies…”

  • “Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) is IT infrastructure that enables users of a basically unsecure public network (such as the Internet) to securely and privately exchange data through the use of a public and a private cryptographic key pair that is obtained and shared through a trusted authority.” [Link]
  • See also the Federal Public Key Infrastructure Steering Committee
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