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PKI gets boost from Web services body

The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (Oasis) has formed a technical committee to advance public key infrastructure (PKI) adoption for Web services and other applications.

The Oasis PKI Technical Committee will serve as a global information resource and increase awareness of digital certificates as an important component for managing access to network resources.

The committee expected to deliver implementation guidelines and conformance tests to promote PKI adoption.

It will also address issues behind deploying digital certificates to meet business and security requirements, focusing on overcoming technical and integration challenges, said Terry Leahy of Wells Fargo, chairman of the new group.

PKI's status as a transparent technology integrated into an identity management system would make it a key enabling technology for using Web services and other software technologies in high-trust application environments, according to Ron Moritz, senior vice-president of eTrust security solutions at Computer Associates.

Organisations joining the PKI effort include Baltimore Technologies, Computer Associates, Entrust, KPMG Consulting, Neucom, RSA Security, Sun Microsystems, VeriSign and Wells Fargo.

Participation is open to all organisations and individuals. An open mail list for public comment and completed work will be available free. Information on joining Oasis can be found at www.oasis-open.org/join.

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