Kenya’s National Public Key Infrastructure (NPKI

The National Public Key Infrastructure (NPKI) is managed by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA). To enhance the adoption of digital certification services and electronic transactions across the public sector, the CA has accredited the ICT Authority (ICTA) as the Electronic Certification Service Provider (E-CSP) for the Government of Kenya.

About the NPKI

A Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) refers to a system for the creation, storage and distribution of digital certificates which are used to verify that a particular public key (online identity) belongs to a certain entity. A PKI is a technical infrastructure that comprises of a Root Certification Authority (RCA) and a Certification Authority (CA), referred to as an Electronic Certification Service Provider (E-CSP) in Kenya’s legal and regulatory framework. The PKI creates a framework for protecting communications and stored information from unauthorized access and disclosure by addressing the fundamentals of cyber security – confidentiality, integrity, authentication and non-repudiation. A PKI is key to the rollout of e-transaction services.