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About PKI

PKI is a technology that allows for secure on-line communication. With PKI, a trusted Certification Authority (CA) issues digital certificates to subscribers after validating their identity and authority. With CSOS, subscribers use these certificates to digitally sign controlled substance orders that are placed using CSOS-enabled ordering software.

PKI technology provides the following security services to an electronic ordering system:

Confidentiality - only authorized persons have access to data
Authentication - establishes who is sending/receiving data
Integrity - the data has not been altered in transmission
Non-repudiation - parties to a transaction cannot convincingly deny having participated in the transaction

Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Tutorial

The PKI tutorial provides an overview of the technology behind CSOS.

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