Understanding the Public Key Infrastructure in Windows Server 2003
A PKI deployment involves several basic components. A solid understanding of how these components work is essential to setting up good, basic network security. You can think of the PKI as a collection of resources that work together to provide a secure messaging authentication system. The major components of a PKI are as follows:
Policies to manage the certificates
Microsoft CryptoAPI and cryptographic service providers (CSPs)
Certificate stores for storing certificates
Encryption and Keys
Basic security starts with encryption, which is the process of scrambling data before sending it over a medium. A key is input into a mathematical function, ...