PKI providers picked by DOD

Two companies have been tapped by the Defense Department Public Key Infrastructure Program Management Office to provide digital certificate validation products to users worldwide, the two companies said today.

Tumbleweed Communications Corp. of Redwood City, Calif., and CoreStreet Ltd. of Cambridge, Mass., were both selected by the PKI program office to provide digital certificate validation solutions. Terms of the contracts were not revealed by either company and the Defense Department did not respond to an inquiry.

Tumbleweed's Valicert Validation Authority was one of the two solutions selected. With common access cards issued to nearly 3.5 million users, the DOD's Public Key Infrastructure deployment is largest worldwide, Tumbleweed officials said.

Based on the open standard Online Certificate Status Protocol, Tumbleweed's Validation Authority allows applications to validate the status of a digital certificate in real time, ensuring that revoked credentials cannot be used for secure email, smart card login, Web access or other electronic transactions.

To address validation response time issues, CoreStreet introduced a new architecture called Distributed Online Certificate Status Protocol that cuts validation time to 65 milliseconds, CoreStreet officials said. The system requires file downloads no larger than a few hundred bytes.

About the Author

Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Washington Technology.

Reader Comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

What is your e-mail address?

My e-mail address is:

Do you have a password?

Forgot your password? Click here


  • VIDEO: Explore the 2019 M&A Trends

    Editor Nick Wakeman interviews Kevin DeSanto of the investment bank KippsDeSanto about the highlights of their annual M&A survey and trends driving acquisitions in the federal space. Read More


    In our latest Project 38 Podcast, editor Nick Wakeman and senior staff writer Ross Wilkers discuss the major news events so far in 2019 and what major trends are on the horizon. Read More

contracts DB

Washington Technology Daily

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.