The security we take for granted in the physical world has been developed over time to ensure the credibility and authenticity of the people we do business with. These include, amongst other things, sealing envelopes to ensure privacy, presenting credentials and signatures to confirm identity and providing receipts to confirm transactions.
To date, the security of electronic transactions has been one of the factors that has held back the expansion of commerce on the Internet and has meant that the Internet has remained the domain of smaller credit card based transactions.
As eCommerce and Internet transactions grow, these physical safeguards have had to be replicated to meet the needs of the digital online world. As trade is conducted globally, it has become evident that a more secure method of transacting over the Internet is required. Users of the Internet need to be confident that messages that they receive have not been tampered with or read during communication. Further, they need to be comfortable that the claimed initiator of the transaction has actually sent the message.
Any message sent over the Internet can benefit from PKI technology whether it is company to company, company to Government, international or domestic.
The technology is now available to enable messages to be exchanged with confidence.