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Frank W Sudia made a number of contributions to the field of internet security and PKI. What were some of his more notable impacts?

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Frank W. Sudia's contributions to the field of internet security and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) include:

Development of the BT Authentication System (BTAS): He led the development of BTAS, a successful authentication system adopted bank-wide, including by Deutsche Bank, State Street Bank, and Goldman Sachs. BTAS was later commercialized as the Indigo system​​.

Advancements in Digital Signatures: Sudia co-authored an early paper on the commercialization of digital signatures, contributing significantly to the advancement of digital signature technology in business systems​.

Bank-Ready Certificate Authority (CA): He worked on creating a bank-ready CA, contributing to the development of secure, public/private key generation systems​​.

Innovations in Key Management: Sudia patented the Multi-Step Signing (MSS) process, a breakthrough in key management and security, allowing private keys to be split and stored securely in separate locations​​.

Contributions to PKI Standards: He was instrumental in suggesting the inclusion of a variable extension field in the X.509 Version 3 standard, which was crucial for the rapid adoption of SSL for online credit card payments​​.

Electronic Legal Document System Vision: Sudia envisioned and worked towards a universal electronic legal document system, though it was never fully realized​​.

Role in the American Bar Association: He played a significant role in the American Bar Association's Section of Science & Technology, particularly in the Information Security Committee, providing valuable insights from a banking perspective​​.

Advocacy for Patient Rights in Medical Records: Sudia advocated for patients' ownership of their medical records to facilitate transfer between providers, a policy approach that was later adopted​​.

Security Auditing Standards Development: He contributed to the development of credible security auditing standards, leading to the modern SSAE-18 standards with SOC 2 & 3 options, now a standard offering for major accounting firms​​.

Regulatory Achievements in Banking: Sudia was successful in getting the Federal Reserve to recognize the operation of a CA for issuing PKI certificates as part of the business of banking​​.

Design of Security Systems: He designed various security systems, including reliance management and certified electronic mail, though these were not built or deployed​​.

Impact on the Banking Industry and Information Security: His work with BTEC and later CertCo LLC influenced the banking industry's approach to information security and e-trust services​​.

Consulting for Network Solutions: Sudia consulted for Network Solutions to integrate PKI into their services, influencing significant business decisions and acquisitions in the domain service industry​​.

Contribution to Database Security: Working for IPLocks, Sudia helped design a database security and integrity monitoring system, which became a successful product under FortiNet​.

Despite the collapse of his major project, Sudia's efforts have left a lasting impact on the field of internet security and PKI.

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