By using a so called Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) a security infrastructure is implemented in companies, through which service protected communication channels can be established. With the help of this technical component, the generation, management and verification of electronic certificates is achieved. As a result, it is possible to ensure trustworthy proof of electronic identities through a PKI.
For this purpose, a public key infrastructure comprises the following components:
- Certification authority for issuing and verifying digital certificates
- Certificate with the public key or public key information