VeriSign, Inc. has announced a new platform designed to meet the needs of governments looking to implement and manage their own Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).
The new VeriSign PKI Platform is an in-premise solution modeled after the same architecture that VeriSign has deployed as a managed service for customers around the world. This deployment model allows governments throughout Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East to adapt to specialized security requirements that may be placed on such critical national infrastructure.
The VeriSign PKI Platform gives governments a way to offer citizens fast and easy access to e-services such as health and welfare programs, e-passports, and national ID programs.
PKI enables countries to leverage authentication, encryption, and digital signature technologies when issuing identity certificates, business certificates, and device certificates. The trust enabled by these certificates helps governments streamline operations, minimize the risk of fraud and waste, and disseminate information more easily and securely.
Recently, VeriSign has implemented several nationwide solutions with local partners, including:
Greek Ministry of Interior. The Greek government’s e-Gateway uses digital signatures to authenticate citizens and secure certain electronic transactions
Receita Federal Brazil. Tax card in Brazil enables citizens to securely send income tax submissions via the Internet using PKI