Census begins its PKI rollout

Census begins its PKI rollout

Within the next year, 4,000 to 5,000 field workers at 12 regional Census Bureau offices will start using public-key infrastructure technology to protect confidential survey data on notebook computers.

The agency bought Entrust/PKI and two other security products from Entrust Technologies Inc. of Plano, Texas, Census spokesman Mark Tolbert said.

The software will protect files on portable systems used in computer-assisted personal interviews for the Current Population Survey, the Survey of Income and Program Participation, the Survey of Construction and the National Health Interview Survey.

Included in the $335,000 Census purchase are Entrust/ICE for encrypting files and Entrust/AutoRA for managing digital certificates. In addition, Census will pay Entrust $60,000 for technical support.

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