High Level Overview of Digi-CA™

PDF The Digi-CA™ system can create multiple instances of unique CAs in a single Digi-CA™ system. The Digi-CA™ model imposes delegation of trust downwards from CAs to their Subordinate Certification Authorities [Sub-CAs]. The same Digi-CA™ system also enables any CA or Sub-CA to be signed or cross signed by an external third party CA. And any number of CAs can have any number of cross signed Sub-CAs. As a result of this design principal, the Digi-CA™ model for trust levels increases towards the highest authority. This type of arrangement facilitates easy deployment and scalability of any PKI requirement from the smallest to the largest. Also, the Digi-CA™ can be offered as a managed service outside your environment Digi-CA™ Service, or as the installed software Digi-CA™ Server.

The Digi-CA™ System can issue, revoke, suspend, de-suspend and re-sign x.509v3 Digital Certificates. Time-Stamping, Certificate Revocation Lists [CRLs], Online Certificate Status Protocol [OCSP] and many other features of a PKI system can be activated as required using the administration console of the system.

The end user information and certificate requests are entered through the web based Registration Authority [RA] Management Console. This powerful RA Management Console manages the entire Certificate Life cycle. Basic Certificate issuing and revocation by Operatives can be further delegated through a basic and modified RA Management Console interface called the Digi-CA™ Control Centre. It is the Digi-CA™ Control Centre or Limited Registration Authority [LRA] that is used by the RA Operator day-to-day.

Digi-CA™ replaces older Traditional PKI technology and CA systems using the latest in CA technology. With Digi-CA™, all of the complexities and onerous technical overhead that were required by Traditional CAs have been simplified to a ‘user-friendly’ and usable level. The Digi-CA™ can even be ‘dropped’ on top of these Traditional CA environments and seamlessly migrate the older system’s users into this more modern and flexible replacement.

Combining the consulting and professional services offered in the Digi-CAST™ methodology with Digi-CA™ can meet all national and international standards such as:

The remainder of this online manual is for use by Managers, Administrators and Operators of the Digi-CA™ system. If you have not already done so, please download and read the Digi-CA™ Manual, before proceeding further.

See the Digi-CA™ Flash Presentation that explains the issues and benefits of using the system.