Term:Public Key (PK) Enabling

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DoDI 8520.02

Public Key (PK) Enabling - The incorporation of the use of certificates for security services such as authentication, confidentiality, data integrity, and nonrepudiation. PK-Enabling involves replacing existing or creating new user authentication systems using certificates instead of other technologies, such as userid and password or Internet Protocol filtering; implementing public key technology to digitally sign, in a legally enforceable manner, transactions and documents; or using public key technology, generally in conjunction with standard symmetric encryption technology, to encrypt information at rest and/or in transit. E2.1.20.