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Standards Australia Fast-Tracks Online Business

Standards Australia, Australia's peak Standards body, has fast-tracked work on standards critical to the implementation of a Public Key Authentication Framework (PKAF) for secure electronic commerce.

The organisation released for public comment drafts of the first two PKAF-related Standards being proposed, and comments will close at the end of this month.

The drafts are believed to be the first proposed Standards of their kind in the world.

One, DR 98410, proposes a profile for X.509 digital certificate and Certificate Revocation Lists required for the validation and authentication of users engaged in online business transactions. The other, DR 98411, proposes a set of hash, digital signature, encryption and key-exchange algorithms and the format for the keys these algorithms used in public/private key authentication processes.

The documents underpin Standards Australia's PKAF strategy for the operation of a national infrastructure supporting digital signatures, which will be used to verify the integrity of the transactions and guarantee authenticity of the parties engaged in online electronic business.

The strategy is critical to the Project Gatekeeper framework for public key authentication, which was launched by the Australian Federal Government in May this year.