Public Key Infrastructure

A PKI includes all the components necessary to create, manage, distribute, validate, and revoke certificates. The “Exploring Asymmetric Encryption” section earlier in this chapter explained the use of public and private keys to encrypt information and digitally sign e-mails. The PKI provides the necessary support for these processes.

Although you aren’t expected to create and manage a PKI for the SSCP exam, you should understand the basic components. This section covers certificates, certification authorities (CAs), and certificate validation.

imageTIP A PKI is created based on the X.509 protocol. The X.509 standard identifies ...

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