S.E.E. PKI Paper 14 - International and New Zealand PKI experiences across government

Peter Gutmann pgut001 at cs.auckland.ac.nz
Fri Jul 25 04:03:29 EDT 2003

I thought the following might interest readers, it's an examination of PKI
experiences in various parts of the world (Australia, Finland, Germany, Hong
Kong, New Zealand, US).  It reads best to the sound of an Alka-Seltzer fizzing
in a glass :-).

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A new paper on PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) has just been published on the
e-government site (http://www.e-government.govt.nz/docs/see-pki-paper-14/).
The PKI paper summaries overseas and New Zealand experience with PKI and
concludes: "Based upon overseas and New Zealand experiences, it is obvious
that a PKI implementation project must be approached with caution.
Implementers should ensure their risk analysis truly shows PKI is the most
appropriate security mechanism and wherever possible consider alternative

S.E.E. PKI Paper 14 - International and New Zealand PKI experiences across
government, v 1.0 Over the last five years, several governments have
implemented Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) systems. In addition, the New
Zealand government has implemented several projects using PKI. This report
documents the information learned from these projects. In the absence of
alternative methods for secure authentication, this paper also describes risk
and success factors for agencies considering the use of PKI technology.

Mike Pearson, Senior Advisor       E-government Unit,
http://www.see.govt.nz             STATE SERVICES COMMISSION
Phone : +64  (4) 495-6769          Te Komihana O Nga Tari Kawanatanga
Fax   : +64  (4) 495-6669          Level 4, 100 Molesworth St
Mobile: +64 (21) 631-731           PO Box 329, Wellington 6015,
mailto:mike.pearson at ssc.govt.nz    NEW ZEALAND

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