VeriSign has launched a new platform specifically designed to meet the needs of governments looking to implement and manage their own Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).


The VeriSign PKI platform is an in-house solution that gives governments a way to offer citizens fast and easy access to e-services such as health and welfare programs, e-passports and national ID programs.


It has been designed to provide a robust, comprehensive solution for national PKI deployments to the specifics laid by governments, who can manage their own certificates with end-to-end control over millions of end user digital certificates on a global scale.


As PKI allows countries to leverage authentication, encryption and digital signature technologies when issuing identity certificates, business certificates, and device certificates, governments are able to streamline operations, minimise the risk of fraud and waste, and disseminate information more easily and securely.


Phil D'Angio, director of business development at VeriSign, explained that the National PKI programme is a full end-to-end program that will not only issue IDs and passwords, but will also produce a policy on knowledge transfer that VeriSign is developing in the UK.


D'Angio said: “It is a collusion of technology for individuals' certificates, policies that lock up technology. The crucial element is a bridge to finance and e-commerce, but how does an agent make sure that the ID is valuable? This is where PKI comes in.


"There is a stronger level of ID than the user ID and password, and it should be leveraged across all internet life, and this is probably the next level of ID for e-commerce. We see this as an initial step in the way we would transact online.


“Governments around the world can rely on this new platform to help improve availability and security of government transactions, but we think it is equally important that users can leverage their credentials with non-government service providers like banks, social networks, and in e-commerce.”