hierarchical PKI

hierarchical PKI

A public-key infrastructure based on a hierarchical transfer of trust from higher certification authorities to lower certification authorities in a series of 1:N relationships. Contrast with mesh PKI and web of trust.
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The hierarchical PKI model with vendor-supplied Certificate Authorities (CA) services specified by the Federal government for SSP is identical to the managed PKI model that VeriSign has been delivering for nearly 10 years to its government and commercial enterprise customers around the world.
RTIN Holdings (BULLETIN BOARD: RTNH) , announced today that it is adopting the Drug Enforcement Agency's ("DEA") EPCS Hierarchical PKI process.
The RSA Keon CA software is the first commercial CA product uniquely designed to operate as a hierarchical PKI that allows creation and management of CAs that issue certificates usable among industries, corporations, user groups and individuals," said Stephen Bisbee, president of eOriginal.

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