No-cost PKI is worth the cost

 
 
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2001-01-15 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Attendees at the mis Training Institute's recent conference on PKI, in Atlanta, learned that the public-key infrastructure in Microsoft's Windows 2000 Advanced Server Edition lacks features essential to enterprise-level security.

Attendees at the mis Training Institutes recent conference on PKI, in Atlanta, learned that the public-key infrastructure in Microsofts Windows 2000 Advanced Server Edition lacks features essential to enterprise-level security. There is almost no facility for key history or key backup; secure time stamps are not supported; and the component doesnt support Online Certificate Status Protocol for checking a certificates validity online, said Sondra Schneider, a consultant for MISTI.

Microsoft is working to strengthen the PKI, and it is free, but organizations that need a full-featured PKI should look elsewhere.

 
 
 
 
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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