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PKI and Digital Certificates

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  • digital certificate

    A digital certificate is an electronic "passport" that allows a person, computer or organization to exchange information securely over the Internet using the public key infrastructure (PKI). A digital certificate may also be referred to as a public k... 

  • nonrepudiation

    Nonrepudiation is the assurance that someone cannot deny something, such as the receipt of a message or the authenticity of a statement or contract... (Continued) 

  • authentication server

    An authentication server is an application that facilitates authentication of an entity that attempts to access a network...(Continued) 

  • man in the middle attack (fire brigade attack)

    A bucket brigade attack is one in which the attacker intercepts messages in a public key exchange and then retransmits them, substituting their own public key for the requested one, so that the two original parties still appear to be communicating wi... 

  • hijacking

    Hijacking is a type of network security attack in which the attacker takes control of a communication - just as an airplane hijacker takes control of a flight - between two entities and masquerades as one of them. 

  • public key certificate

    A public key certificate is a digitally signed document that serves to validate the sender's authorization and name. 

  • private key (secret key)

    In cryptography, a private or secret key is an encryption/decryption key known only to the party or parties that exchange secret messages. 

  • HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection)

    HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) is a specified method from Intel for protecting copyrighted digital entertainment content that uses the Digital Video Interface (DVI) by encrypting its transmission between the video source and the dig... 

  • certificate authority (CA)

    (CA also stands for conditional access, a term used in DTV.) A certificate authority (CA) is an authority in a network that issues and manages security credentials and public keys for message encryption. 

  • Certificate Revocation List (CRL)

    Certificate Revocation List (CRL) is one of two common methods when using a public key infrastructurefor maintaining access to servers in a network. 

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About PKI and Digital Certificates

Using a public key infrastructure (PKI), certificate authority (CA) and digital certificates is a key way to develop a secure network infrastructure for user access, keep data secure and eliminate hacker threats. Get expert advice and tools to implement PKI in your organization.