Prudence Calls for Delaying Public Key Infrastructure Implementation (Jan 2002)

May, 2002


The events of September 11 and afterward have increased pressure on managers to provide better protection for IT systems and networks. One protective candidate that has received a lot of press over the last several years is public key infrastructure (PKI). PKI offers strong protection for information while at the same time providing reassurances that only authorized individuals participate in transactions. The potential of PKI is what keeps it perennially in the media’s attention, but the unpleasant realities of using the technology remain a stumbling block.