Certificate Policies and Rules

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Certificate Policies and Rules:

A CA can assign a certificate for various reasons, but must specify exactly what the certificate will be used for. The set of rules that illustrate how certificates may be used is called a certificate policy. The X.509 standard defines certificate policies as “a named set of rules that indicates the applicability of a certificate. Different organizations have different security requirements. Digital certificates are used for securing e-mail. TestKing wants a digital certificate for their online store. The Department of Defense wants a digital certificate to secure top-secret information on nuclear submarines. The certificate policy is a plaintext document that is given a unique object.

Certificate Practice Statements: It’s vital to have a policy in place to convey what is going to be done. A CPS describes how the CA strategy in managing certificates it issues. If a CA does not include a CPS, users should consider finding another CA.


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