PKI certificates gain following by DOD vendors
- By Vandana Sinha
- May 01, 2003
Two years ago, the Defense Department got a tepid response when it invited contractors to use its public-key infrastructure.
Now, however, 'more and more DOD partners are using the service' to sign documents and secure their e-mail to program managers, said Rob Carey, e-business leader for the Navy.
DOD's Interim External Certificate Authority program has three certificate issuers: Digital Signature Trust Co. of Salt Lake City, Operational Research Consultants Inc. of Chesapeake, Va., and VeriSign Inc. of Mountain View, Calif.
In December 2001, DOD had only a few hundred digital certificates. VeriSign now has issued about 20,000 certificates, but in the last two months the number has risen by more than 50 percent.