Demand for PKI-based solutions on the rise in the UAE

Demand for Public Key Infrastructure based solutions has grown by 500% in the UAE, according to Comtrust. Key areas of growth include the government and the banking and finance sectors.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  August 4, 2003

Demand for Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) based solutions has grown by 500% in the UAE, according to the country’s digital Certification Authority (CA), Comtrust. Key areas of growth include the government and the banking and finance sectors.

“As of July this year, we have seen a 452% increase in the number of active user certificates and 187% increase in active server certificates within the UAE,” says Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, general manager, Comtrust. “We have seen a surge in the number of organisations investigating the possibilities PKI offers their particular business model. The UAE’s government and banking sectors have shown the most interest in this and through PKI, these entities have been able to deliver secure, authenticated communication conduits to their customers,” he adds.

Comtrust has been working continuously towards expanding its PKI services to keep pace with increasing internet usage in the region. “At the end of the day, the Internet is more cost effective than the phone or fax; it is certainly quicker than a courier service. With PKI solving the riddle of online authentication, confidentiality, integrity and non-repudiation, the Internet becomes a key business communication tool. It makes absolute business sense to take advantage of it,” adds Julfar.

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