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Web Services & PKI - The How & Why

Roll out a PKI system to secure asynchronous messaging for Web services

Roll out a PKI system to secure asynchronous messaging for Web services

 

Adoption of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) was initially minimal, as the technology quickly gained a reputation for being complex, costly, difficult to deploy and time-consuming to maintain. However, the growing use of Web services in enterprise IT is likely to significantly increase PKI adoption.

Deployment of Web services demands a security model with a level of flexibility that only enterprise PKI can offer. The growth of Web services represents a great opportunity for PKI but also a great challenge. This white paper provides advice on how to meet this challenge and deploy a PKI system for Web services.

It is best to start proactively, rolling out your PKI system before its services are demanded by a Web services application. The demand will come because, while existing Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) systems may be sufficient for synchronous client-server applications, Web services technology depends on asynchronous messaging, which is where PKI really shines.