Certificate Authority Summary

Subject: Certificate Authority Summary
From: "Pegasus Writer" <pegasuswriter -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2002 11:51:32 -0500


All:

Last week I asked for help in locating some information about companies who issue digital certificates. In particular, I have been in search of a web site(or sites) that provides a more or less comprehensive list of Certificate Authority Companies. Several folks responded. To Doc, Rebecca Downey, Emily Navarre, Sandy Harris, Rowena Hart, and Poorani Aravindan Kumar, thank you so much for the links you provided and for your good advice.

For those of you who are interested:

I needed the information for a manual that I'm developing for a product that requires the customer to purchase and install an X.509 Version 3 Digital Certificate. They can use any CA Service Company they choose, but I would like to tell them where/how to look for one.

Here's a list of links that I received.

From Doc:
http://www.anl.gov/ECT/certify/CA-ProdFacts.html
http://home.cyber.ee/jan/certif/
http://www.pki-page.org/

From Rebecca:
http://www.verisign.com/
http://www.entrust.com/index.cfm

From Emily:
http://www.qmw.ac.uk/~tl6345/ca.htm

From Sandy:
http://www.strongsec.com/freeswan/

I'm particularly interested in the PKI link that Doc sent. Also, the links sent by Emily and Sandy are very useful. Sandy's question, "Do you need to cover how to decide if the ones you find are trustworthy?" is right on point. I keep raising that issue with our development folks and there doesn't seem to be much concern. I think it may be a real stumbling block for some of our customers. My thought has been that at the least we should point them to some resources for information and perhaps some "best business practice tips" for selecting a Certificate Authority.

I really appreciate you taking the time to pass along the links and the very helpful advice. If anyone has particular questions about the various responses I received or other interest in the Certificate Authority topic, please feel free to contact me off list. I expect it will be a topic that I will be wrestling with for the foreseeable future.

Best regard,
Peggy Lee




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