The HKU CA is built on Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) technologies. Click here for a brief description of the basic mechanism of the PKI technologies.
How to Get a HKU-Cert in September 2000
HKU-Cert Issuance Stations will be set up in Computer Centre .
A HKU staff or student must apply for the HKU-Cert in person. He has to sign the HKU-Cert Subscriber Agreement that he, as a HKU-Cert subscriber, will take good care of the private key issued to him. The private key will be written on the spot on his HKU Staff or Student Smart Card and on a business-card-size CD-R (read-only CD) to be given to him. Access to the private key on the HKU Smart Card or CD-R will be protected by a password chosen by and known to the subscriber only.
HKU staff and students can use their private keys to sign in the HKU ESD applications. Signing using the private key stored on a HKU Smart Card is done at specific PCs installed with smart card readers. This provides the best security. For convenience, some applications accept signing using private key stored on a CD-R so that the user can sign at any PC with a CD reader, say, at the office, in the computer laboratories, in residential halls or from home.
HKU staff and students can also import their private keys and other people's digital certificates (e.g. HKU-Cert, HK Post e-Cert) to e-mail programs which support digital signature and encryption.
Coming HKU ESD Applications
The use of electronic signatures will speed up the work flow from an end-user filling in a web-based form to the final completion of the process. This will eliminate the requirement of written signatures and handling of paper forms, and increase the productivity of all the parties involved.
The following ESD applications relating to Computer Centre's service will be rolled out initially:
ESD applications should also be useful for departments to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their management processes. Departments interested in exploring the use of digital signature technology for departmental applications can contact the undersigned for more information.
User Education and Training
We shall organize presentation sessions on PKI and ESD applications, and training courses on:
M. C. Pong
Tel: 2859 2491