Europe faces PKI Challenge
- By Diane Frank
- Sep 29, 2000
Information Security Solutions Europe conference
Mirroring the U.S. Federal PKI Steering Committee's goal of interoperability,
European officials will begin work in 01/on a two-year project to bring
together the various public-key infrastructure technologies in use throughout
The European Electronic Messaging Association proposed a PKI Challenge
to the European Commission, the executive administration of the European
Union, earlier this year. The EU government will fund the project through
The project came into being when EEMA, a private/public organization,
decided to do something about the fact that the different PKI technologies
used throughout the European Union make it difficult to perform secure electronic
transactions across the EU's 12 participating countries.
The group felt it had to step in because "the vendors just aren't doing
it on their own," Jim Dickson, membership director of EEMA, said during
the Information Security Solutions Europe conference in Barcelona, Spain.
The PKI Challenge has three main objectives:
* To promote interoperability among a wide range of PKI products, PKI-enabled
applications and certification service providers.
* To demonstrate that it is possible to build an integrated, heterogeneous
public-key infrastructure through showcases and public demonstrations.
* To promote PKI specifications and best practices within the world