Dartmouth College
PKI Outreach













About Us


This is the Outreach web for Dartmouth's PKI Lab.

Dartmouth College with support from the Mellon Foundation is working to develop use of Public Key Infrastructure in Academic Computing. There are many potential applications for PKI in an academic setting. There are also many obstacles to be overcome in order to provide PKI based services broadly in the standard network computing environment. This project is addressing these issues with a dual approach. A deployment track, lead by Computing Services, is working to simplify the use of current X.509 PKI technology and to develop usable applications of it that address current security concerns. A design track, lead by Computer Science is examining limitations of the technology and working to develop solutions to the problems uncovered. The design track plans to implement a more secure infrastructure by incorporating secure co-processing technology in the services. Alternate formulations of PKI technology are also being examined.
  • Sean W. Smith  (Design Team) - sws@cs.dartmouth.edu
  • Robert J. Brentrup (Deployment Team) - Robert.J.Brentrup@Dartmouth.edu