Wireless Innovation Forum Announces Approval of DigiCert as First CBRS Root of Trust Certificate Authority

The Certificate Policy developed by the members of the WInnForum represents a significant milestone in the realization of CBRS.

The Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnForum) announced today DigiCert as the first approved Citizen’s Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) Root of Trust Certificate Authority (CA). A supporting Request for Proposals seeking candidates was distributed in May 2017 and multiple organizations applied. DigiCert was the first to be approved; several others are pending and will be posted on the Forum’s web site once confirmed.

“The Certificate Policy developed by the members of the WInnForum represents a significant milestone in the realization of CBRS. The policy is an integral part of the CBRS Public Key Infrastructure documentation and sets the minimum standards for governing, administrating and operating that infrastructure,” said Richard Bernhardt of WISPA and chair of the Forum’s SSC Operations Work Group.

The Certificate Policy describes the overall business, legal, and technical infrastructure of the CBRS Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) including appropriate applications for, and the assurance levels associated with the PKI certificates, obligations of CAs, minimum requirements for audit and related security and practices reviews, methods to confirm the identity of Certificate Applicants, and more. Each CBRS PKI CA is governed by a Certification Practice Statement(s), which describes how the applicable Certificate Policy requirements are met by that particular CA. CAs operating in the CBRS PKI shall draft, implement, and maintain a Certification Practice Statement. Ancillary security and operational documents may supplement the Certificate Policy in setting more detailed requirements.

“DigiCert has a long…

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