TAGPMA is responsible for accreditation of Grid authentication systems and authorities in North, Central, and South America. Grid computing entails the connection of CPUs via networks to create supercomputing capacity and Grid authentication systems utilize certificates to identify and authorize users of these resources. The mission of TAGPMA is to foster trust relationships to help deploy Grids around the world and to work with other regional Grid PMA's to define authentication profiles and corresponding requirements.
"Hosting this event was a natural extension of DigiCert's goal of increasing on-line trust through strong authentication and encryption", stated Travis Tidball, Vice President of Marketing for DigiCert. "We're happy to help organisations like TAGPMA continue their important work."
TAGPMA met for the bi-annual election of officers and for the review and update of membership status. Reports were also received from the Asia-Pacific Grid Policy Management Authority (APGridPMA) and European Policy Management Authority for Grid Authentication (EUGridPMA) Chairs, who were in attendance, regarding progress of accreditations in those regions. Additionally, the relationship between CA issuers and Registration Agents was discussed and standards for the remote management of private keys were proposed.
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