Tumbleweed and PKI

The Federal Public-key Infrastructure Policy Authority's Path Discovery and Validation working group recently qualified the Tumbleweed Validation Authority and Desktop Validator products for agencies that need real-time digital certificate validation in a Federal Bridge-enabled environment.

Tumbleweed Communications Inc. of Redwood City, Calif., joins just three other companies that have had solutions approved by the GSA-chaired group (see www.cio.gov/fbca/validation_solutions.htm).

The government created the Federal Bridge Certificate Authority so federal agencies could request and perform cross-certification with other PKIs. For this to work, each agency must implement a path discovery and validation solution for locating certificate chains of trust and determining the validity and status of the relationships.

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