Introduction to Public Key Technology and the Federal PKI Infrastructure
David R. Kuhn, Chung Tong Hu, William T. Polk, Shu-jen H. Chang
This publication was developed to assist agency decision-makers in determining if a PKI is appropriate for their agency, and how PKI services can be deployed most effectively within a Federal agency. It is intended to provide an overview of PKI functions and their applications. Additional documentation will be required to fully analyze the costs and benefits of PKI systems for agency use, and to develop plans for their implementation. This document provides a starting point and references to more comprehensive publications.