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Windows Server® 2008 PKI and Certificate Security by Brian Komar

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Certificate Policy

A certificate policy describes the measures taken to validate a certificate’s subject prior to certificate issuance and the intended purposes of the certificate. For many organizations, it is the certificate-issuance policy that determines whether the presented certificate will be trusted.

For example, an organization is more likely to trust a certificate issued after a requestor presents photo identification than a certificate issued based on a user knowing an account and password combination.

Contents of a Certificate Policy

A certificate policy should include the following information:

  • How the user’s identity is validated during certificate enrollment. Is identity provided by an account and password combination or must requestors ...

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