PKI – Design/Implementation

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"In today’s digital world, a PKI is the best way for an organization to safeguard its sensitive data from unauthorized parties. Encryption serves as a lock and key to protect information from access by bad actors."

Encryption Consulting guides the customer through PKI deployment from the initial designing process to the key ceremony within their organization’s environment. The documentation includes a design document, a detailed implementation guide, an operations guide, and a disaster recovery guide for successful implementation.

Designing and implementing a successful PKI needs expertise. This is where we can help you. To assist you in this, we design the PKI (on-prem PKI and Cloud-based PKI) and supporting processes. Post design, EC will help you implement/migrate PKI technology and infrastructure, including the root & issuing CAS. We also develop PKI policies, rules, and operational processes in alignment with your business needs.

The design of a PKI what Encryption Consulting develops for its customer uses phased approach that incorporates the following phases:

Analyze your PKI Requirements

In this phase of the engagement, EC will perform the following activities:

  • Identification of stakeholders and information gathering sessions.
  • Review of current process followed across the business units globally.
  • Analysis of Customer provided certificate inventory.
  • Identification of gaps and opportunities.
  • Define future state plan.

Design a PKI solution

Design and document a solution based on customers’ requirement of an On-prem PKI/ PKI in the cloud. For example:

  • On-prem PKI solution: Windows Server 2019 R2 Microsoft Active Directory Certificate Services (MS ADCS) and customer choice of hardware security modules (HSM)
  • Cloud-based PKI: There are multiple options for a cloud-based PKI model. Root CA On-prem (offline) and the issuing CA on the cloud for the two-tier hybrid option.

Develop a detailed implementation plan including high-level architectural diagram.

Implementation of the PKI solution

Provide “hands on” or “hands off” assistance with deployment, including detailed:

  • Key ceremony document
  • PKI Build Guide
  • Certificate Practice/Policies document
  • Operations Guide
  • Business continuity planning guides
  • Teat plans to prove solutions functionality

Our PKI Design and implementation engagement approaches key activities

Step 1

Encryption Consulting will initially discuss customer PKI requirements with them. Normally, we conduct a requirement gathering workshop to collect all key stakeholder input.

Step 2

Encryption Consulting will then document the requirements, proposed solution, and post deployment tests, and agree with the customer on the scope of work and price before commencing further work.

Step 3

The solution will be designed based on the customer’s requirement of a traditional PKI (On-prem) or a cloud-based PKI. HSMs will be utilized to protect the private key for the Root and Issuing Certificate Authority.

After solution design, Encryption Consulting will produce PKI Build document to cover installing the solution and its configuration. The documentation will also contain operating procedures as well as information relating to backup and recovery.

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Step 4

Once the PKI Build guide is completed, Encryption Consulting will help the customer deploy the solution. Encryption Consulting will either lead the deployment or do a hand holding along with the customer to deploy the solution.

Encryption consulting recommends working with the staff who will support the PKI to facilitate direct knowledge transfer.

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Step 5

Encryption Consulting will work with the customer team to test the PKI to prove that the solution meets objectives and functions as designed.

Step 6

Finally, Encryption Consulting will conduct an advanced PKI and HSM training for the customer PKI team to handover the PKI environments.

Case Study

See how Encryption Consulting assisted a Retail institution in implementing a new PKI.

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"Encryption Consulting is exceptional in helping to manage our PKI and also helped us follow the best industry PKI practice"

Senior PKI Engineer, Insurance Company

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