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eWeek: PKI still mired in pilot mode

Aug 07, 2000, 18:19 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Berinato)

"PKI (public-key infrastructure) two years ago held the title of most promising security technology. But in the battle to become a staple of IT security, PKI has fallen behind intrusion detection, anti-virus software and e-mail filtering and is in danger of becoming "forever pilotware," said Chris King, an analyst at Greenwich Technology Partners Inc., in Stamford, Conn."

"A PKI system gives users secure electronic keys, or certificates, to authenticate and encrypt transactions over the Internet. But with several pilot projects failing or stalled, the technology could become irrelevant if vendors don't create a common PKI standard while making the technology easier to use and less expensive."

"The latest casualty: a multimillion-dollar, 30,000-certificate system at NASA's Ames Research Center, in Moffett Field, Calif. The project has been cut back severely and could be killed altogether, sources said."

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