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The ICT Authority, in the exercise of its statutory function as CCA, is the apex body of the Mauritian PKI

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First Certification Authority to operate in Mauritius to get Recognition Certificate during launch of  Mauritian PKI Ecosystem; ICTA to launch Information Guide on PKI

The first Certification Authority duly recognized to operate in Mauritius on 9th May 2012 is set to receive its Recognition Certificate during the launch of the Mauritian PKI Ecosystem on 21st   June 2012 at the Hennessy Park Hotel, Ebene, Cybercity. The event is being organised by the ICT Authority which is also the Controller of Certification Authorities, the CCA. The ICT Authority will also publish an Information Guide on the Mauritian PKI Ecosystem. The Honourable Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, Minister of Information and Communication Technology will officially make  the launch.

PKI stands for Public Key Infrastructure, a cyber security infrastructure put in place to prove the identities of people, websites, computer programmes and applications on the Internet as well to secure online transactions through the use of Digital Certificates.
In a PKI, a Certification Authority (CA) issues Digital Certificates to end users. A Digital Certificate on the Internet is similar to an ID card in the real world. The CA verifies the identity of the end user and publishes certificates on an on-line repository where people can verify each other’s certificate. The Controller of Certification Authorities (CCA) as the Apex trust agency for the Mauritian PKI, in turn, must approve the methods used by the CA to verify the identity of a subscriber before granting or renewing a subscription for a certificate.
The CCA approval process implies the remittance of:

    1. a digital licence/recognition/approval certificate  depending on whether the CA is a local one, or a foreign one or a public sector CA ; and
    2. a paper-based licence/recognition/approval certificate.

In May 2012, the technical infrastructure required for the issuance of the digital Licence/Recognition/Approval was installed at the premises of the Authority.  
The purpose of Information Guide on the Mauritian PKI Ecosystem is to give the public in general an insight into the PKI. The salient features of the legislations related to the PKI are presented as well as its operational features. Typical examples depicting the illustrative uses of PKI are also included therein. The soft copy of this guide will be made available online on the and websites. An online Discussion Forum has also been created inviting for public views and suggestions on these websites.

Through the Mauritian PKI Ecosystem, the ICTA and CCA intend to create the right environment for the take up of eCommerce and eBusiness in a secure and trusted environment.

Port Louis: 19 June 2012

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