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Public key infrastructure (PKI) is a proven technology for identity and access management systems that improves IT security and enables secure logon, file encryption, and digital signature for transactions. Other tangible benefits include increased productivity, lower help desk costs for password support and reduced operating expenses due to process enhancements. In PKI systems, certificates and private keys must be protected and managed carefully because they enable a range of security applications and business processes. Anyone with access to the private keys can be assumed to be the owner and will be able to act on the owner's behalf. Alternatively, denial of service could result from compromising the certificate.
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