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NIST, Introduction to Public Key Technology and the Federal PKI Infrastructure (NIST Special Publication 800-32) (Feb. 26, 2001) (full-text).


This publication was developed to assist federal agency decision-makers in determining if a PKI is appropriate for their agency, and how PKI services can be deployed most effectively within a federal agency. It is intended to provide an overview of PKI functions and their applications. This document provides a starting point and references to more comprehensive publications.