Baltimore Technologies is Australia's first PKI provider to receive full accreditation under the federal government's Gatekeeper strategy.
Baltimore heads about 17 companies expected to be accredited in coming months under the Gatekeeper strategy which the government introduced to oversee the implementation of PKI (public key infrastructure) and to facilitate electronic transactions.
Announcing the accreditation, National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE) acting CEO, Rod Badger said the government is on track to complete its mandate to have all federal agencies providing services online in 2001.
Baltimore has provided the technology and management services for the Australian Tax Office (ATO) to be a certificate authority (CA) and is now working with the Health Insurance Commission.
The company had to undergo a stringent two-year accreditation process, with approval from the Defence Signals Directorate to issue digital certificates to government agencies.
While Gatekeeper is mandated for the federal government, Baltimore Australia managing director John Palfreyman said it provides a model for PKI in the private sector.
"We are assisting our clients and partners including Telstra, the ANZ Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers to follow us in gaining full Gatekeeper accreditation for their CA services," he said.
"Baltimore can do everything from issue certificates or sell licences; some clients simply purchase the technology while others prefer us to host their PKI infrastructure; we can do the hosting in our $3 million Gatekeeper facility."
Last week all state and territory governments agreed to adopt the federal government's Gatekeeper strategy.