Baltimore gets Govt OK on PKI

Baltimore gets Govt OK on PKI

Baltimore Technologies' digital certificate subsidiary, Certificates Australia, has gained full accreditation status under the Federal Government's Gatekeeper scheme, which enables it to act as a trusted third party to ensure the integrity of data in online transactions with Federal Government agencies.

The decision is the end-result of an exhaustive evaluation of Baltimore's technology, policies and procedures. It gained entry-level accreditation in May last year and has now become the first commercial organisation to be fully accredited.

It had been pipped at the post for full accreditation by the Australian Taxation Office. However, according to Baltimore Technologies' managing director John Palfreyman, Baltimore spent considerable resources assisting the ATO through the process so it could be ready to issue digital certificates for the online payment of Business Activity Statements by July.

"Entry-level accreditation is about putting your policies and procedures up for review," said Palfreyman, "Full accreditation means you've passed the test."

Palfreyman said the hard work has been done now to allow Baltimore's partners to fast track their accreditation processes. Baltimore considers its major customers, such as Telstra and PricewaterhouseCoopers, as its channel partners. Palfreyman says this is because there is little or no point in selling a certificate without an application, and subsequently any time it sells a company like Telstra the back-end infrastructure to generate certificates, it is expecting further revenues from the sales of tool-kits to Telstra's customers.

"These partners still have to go through the accreditation process, but because we've done the hard yards it will be magnitudes easier," said Palfreyman. He expects the first of Baltimore's partners to become accredited within weeks.

"The end-game for our partners is not be a certificate authority themselves, but to leverage it to supply their other services, be it bandwidth or content or copper," he said.

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