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Subject: What Application Vendors Need

I've had a bit of a tough time trying to find a comment that related to 'What application Vendors Need'.  The ones I have listed below are a bit of a stretch, but I didn't see them on anyone else's list,,,, so I claimed them for now.

What are we doing to make those seamless yet secure applications a reality?  I think we as industry may have done too much work on practices yet very little on how to use it easily.   Why should anyone other than industry specialists be expected to know or care how PKI works?  Its time to think outside the PKI silo, so please keep up the good work to date with survey with actions to improve everyone's lot.

This is not a good fit in this category.  But, I don't think it warrants any change to the action plan.

11. From HEPKI-TAG Member:
I think asking user communities what they need is really important.  E.g. what do they want in terms of that nebulour 'electronic commerce'  Does that really mean 'I want to make money so I'll go where the money is - commerce?  Or does it mean something else more helpful?
e.g. what aspects of 'secure email' are they really looking for?  Absence of Spam?  Confidentiality?  Authentication?  Might non-PKI methods (e.g. opportunistic encryption of smtp and/or other changes to the email infrastructure) be more feasible?

I think we dealt with this comment adequately during our Oct 20 concall.

Seems like a rather empty list, but....

Steve - Your email yesterday listed17 in the general category but implied you had some in the applications guidelines category.  But, I didn't see any of those.  Is it just because I have had a very long week, or did you not send them to the list?

Have a good weekend everyone.  You included John!  Hope you don't spend too much time collating this stuff.


Ross Smith
IT Security (ITS) | Sécurité des TI (STI)
Chief Information Officer Branch | Direction du dirigeant principal de l'information
Treasury Board of Canada, Secretariat | Secrétariat du Conseil du Trésor du Canada
Ottawa, Canada K1A 0R5
613-946-7735 | Smith.Ross@tbs-sct.gc.ca | facsimile/télécopieur 613-996-1476

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