Managed PKI or In-House-PKI

Many companies are at some point faced with the decision of whether to operate their own PKI or to procure this from an external provider. There are a range of arguments which speak in favour of a professionally run PKI from an external provider such as SwissSign.  

  

 

Managed PKI 

MPKI Seal

In-House PKI

Inhouse-PKI

CA: Structure

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Investment in HW/SW, personnel expenses, consulting, training

CA: Operation and online query services (OCSP, CRL)

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Investment in HW/SW, personnel expenses, consulting, training

RA: Process definition and operation

Tried-and-tested SwissSign specifications

Personnel expenses, consulting, training

RA interfaces: RFC 2797, web interface

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Personnel expenses, consulting, training

Active Directory: Connection by means of auto-enrolment

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Offer on request

To be defined and developed yourself

CA core competency: Availability, back-ups, special threat situation

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Fully redundant CA infrastructure

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Support

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Proprietary know-how and resources

Trustworthiness of the issued certificates

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SwissSign certificates are recognised worldwide as trusted

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Error messages for external users

Compliance

High

Compliant with ZertES, WebTrust and ETSI, audited by KPMG

 Low

Economies of scale in terms of costs and professionalism

 

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Key:
CA = certificate authority
RA = registration authority

 

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