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Subject: FW: Digital signatures and PKI in the United States


If any of you have a moment to help out a German student working on a thesis, she has some questions below.  She got a failure trying to email directly to the list (which was my suggestion), so if you respond, you might want to email her directly.




From: Barbara Weindl [mailto:barbara.weindl@rl-ag.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2005 10:03 AM
To: Skyberg, David
Subject: AW: Digital signatures and PKI in the United States


Hi David,


Thank you for your response.


I will contact the PKI TC as well. Thank you in advance.


Below there would be some questions for you:


·         For which processes do companies use digital signatures?


·         Do companies in the automotive industry are using digital signatures for example between suppliers and OEM’s? (for example for invoices?)

·         Do they have one certification authority for the whole automotive industry?

(I wrote an e-mail to General Motors and I got the answer that they do not use digital signatures “because they can be easily duplicated”!)


·         Do you know if the pharmaceutical industry is using PKI?

I read that they have a ‘Controlled Substances Ordering System’ which will be handled with PKI. As far as I know the Drug Enforcement Administration will act as the CA.

·         Are there any other areas of applications where pharmaceutical companies are using PKI?


·         Do you know something about the mortgage industry and the energy industry?


·         Do companies in the United States use PKI for document retention?


David that would be some of my questions I have.


Thank you for spending your time.













Von: Skyberg, David [mailto:dskyberg@rsasecurity.com]
Gesendet: Dienstag, 26. Juli 2005 18:18
An: Barbara Weindl
Betreff: RE: Digital signatures and PKI in the United States


Hi Barbara,

I would be happy to help you in any way that I can.  I might also suggest the OASIS PKI Technical Committee (TC) as a source of industry usage info.  There are members on the TC from various industries that will be able to give you far more info that just me.  I’ll pass on the email address below.  But in the interim, please feel free to email me with questions and I will attempt to answer as best I can.



The PKI TC email address is pki-tc@lists.oasis-open.org





From: Barbara Weindl [mailto:barbara.weindl@rl-ag.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2005 7:56 AM
To: Skyberg, David
Subject: Digital signatures and PKI in the United States


Hello David,


I am a German student and I’m writing my thesis about digital signatures and public key infrastructures in the United States.


Unfortunately I don’t know for what processes companies using PKI because of the strict company policies.


I know that the pharmaceutical industry is planning to work with digital signatures and I found some information that the mortgage industry will work or is still working with digital signatures.


It would be great if we could get in touch.


Thanks and best regards from Germany




Barbara Weindl


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