Scotland Yard is on the case to improve security in its own back yard by implementing public key infrastructure (PKI) across its network.
The Metropolitan Police Service has signed up Irish security company Baltimore Technologies to secure the London network for its 50,000 users over the next five years, starting with the Scotland Yard branch.
The project involves nearly 30 sites around the city running an NT-based network carrying sensitive information. The Met will be rolling out Baltimore's UniCert PKI system to provide strong authentication of users within the force.
The digital certification system will control access to sensitive databases containing criminal information as well as connections to trusted sources such as Interpol.
"Digital certificates give our members the confidence and security which is necessary to enable secure access to vital information. They help ensure that transaction information remains secure and confidential and that only authorised parties can access specific databases," said Royston Barker, infrastructure program manager at the Met.
Aidan Gallagher, executive vice president at Baltimore, pointed out that the UniCert system is certified to ITsec level E3, a recognised global standard for the measurement of security products.
"Implementing PKI for Scotland Yard is evidence that people are realising that PKI will be a fundamental part of strong authentication over the next few years," he said.
"The deal is also representative of the new trend that PKI and digital certification is being taken up in all sectors, not just in financial institutions as it used to be," he added.
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