A Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) is a combination of technologies, protocols, standards, and services that allows an organization to provide strong authentication and encryption services on the network. Designing and deploying a PKI that meets your organization's business needs can be a time-consuming process.
This chapter describes the primary design decisions that you need to make when you deploy a PKI. These decisions include planning the structure of the CA hierarchy, planning management of the CAs in the hierarchy, and designing certificates for authentication.
To complete this chapter, you must read the chapter scenario. This scenario is used throughout the chapter to apply the design decisions discussed in each lesson.