Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Feature Overview and Configuration Guide

Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) is a set of procedures, policies, servers, protocols, and special files that build up a system that enables Internet users to trust the identity of those from whom they receive public keys. The most popular PKI currently in use on the Internet is a system called X.509.

This guide:

  • Introduces asymmetric encryption, and explains how it protects data communications
  • Describes some of the core elements of the X.509 PKI
  • Explains what aspects of the X.509 PKI are implemented in the AlliedWare Plus software
  • Provides examples for configuring AlliedWare Plus to interact with an X.509 PKI, and to use this for setting up trusted, secure communication channels.