Information Security: Advances and Remaining Challenges to Adoption of Public Key Infrastructure Technology
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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This report responds to your request that we review the federal governments public key infrastructure PKI strategy and initiatives to assess the issues and challenges the government faces in adopting this new technology. A PKI is a system of hardware, software, policies, and people that, when fully and properly implemented, can provide a suite of information security assurances that are important in protecting sensitive communications and transactions. Specifically, we agreed to assess 1 the progress of the federal government in planning and coordinating federal PKI initiatives and 2 remaining challenges to be overcome before PKI can be put into widespread use. The report recommends that the Director of the Office of Management and Budget take steps to improve the federal governments planning for adoption of PKI technology.
- Information Science
- Computer Systems Management and Standards