Server Authentication

Written by Kevin Tavolaro
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In many circumstances, a business must utilize server authentication in order to manage and verify certificates from a variety of users with differing levels of access to the site. A website may have many areas, and there is a good possibility that not everyone who has access to the site is authorized to access every area. Server authentication regulates and automates who is allowed access to what areas of the site. This is done with encryption technology and public/private key technology.

Public and private key technology insures that data exchanged online will only be received and accessed by the intended recipient. When a user wants to transmit data to a server, the server creates a set of corresponding public and private keys. The public key is issued to the server, and encrypts the data into a a code. The private key is stored on the server, and is used to decrypt and read the data once it is received.

Using Server Authentication

In order to set up server authentication, a site needs to first determine what its levels of access will be. All of the information available on the public server should be reviewed, and security access should then be attributed accordingly. Once this is decided, all public key users are assigned a level of access based on the site's personal restrictions.

Server authentication is then enabled by attaching an additional signing key to the public/private key sets of all users. This additional key signature carries the user's access level, which the server than holds against each new piece of data, allowing or restricting access as determined by the outlined levels. As a result, access to the multiple security levels is automated, securing the server against unauthorized user actions.

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