PKI - Open Technologies for an Open World

Introduction to PKI

The objective of this document is to briefly describe the general and basic concepts of "Public Key Infrastructure" to people interested in security and secure commerce (sometimes called S-commerce) but with a low knowledge level about the Internet security, starting by introducing some basic security concepts.

This paper was used as the first chapter for the book "Public Key Infrastructure: Building Trusted Applications and Web Services: Building Trusted Applications and Web Services", by John R. Vacca