Software used by a certification authority (CA) to issue digital certificates and secure access to information.
- Digital Certificate Authentication
Authentication implementation for controlling access to network and internet resources through managing user identification. An electronic document, digital certificate, is issued and used to prove identity and public key ownership over the network or internet.
- FIPS 186
The DSS standard specifies a digital signature algorithm (DSA) appropriate for applications requiring a digital, rather than written, signature. The DSA authenticates the integrity of the signed data and the identity of the signatory. The DSA may also be used to prove that data was actually signed by the generator of the signature.
- Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)
An open, non-proprietary protocol for securing data communications across computer networks. SSL is sandwiched between the application protocol (such as HTTP, Telnet, FTP, and NNTP) and the connection protocol (such as TCP/IP, UDP). SSL provides server authentication, message integrity, data encryption, and optional client authentication for TCP/IP connections.