Cryptography & Public Key Infrastructure

Cryptography & Public Key Infrastructure

by Klaus Schmeh
     
 

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A practical guide to Cryptography and its use in the Internet and other communication networks.

This overview takes the reader through basic issues and on to more advanced concepts, to cover all levels of interest. Coverage includes all key mathematical concepts, standardisation, authentication, elliptic curve cryptography, and algorithm modes and protocols

Overview

A practical guide to Cryptography and its use in the Internet and other communication networks.

This overview takes the reader through basic issues and on to more advanced concepts, to cover all levels of interest. Coverage includes all key mathematical concepts, standardisation, authentication, elliptic curve cryptography, and algorithm modes and protocols (including SSL, TLS, IPSec, SMIME, & PGP protocols).

• Details what the risks on the internet are and how cryptography can help

• Includes a chapter on interception which is unique amongst competing books in this field

• Explains Public Key Infrastructures (PKIs) - currently the most important issue when using cryptography in a large organisation

• Includes up-to-date referencing of people, organisations, books and Web sites and the latest information about recent acts and standards affecting encryption practice

• Tackles the practical issues such as the difference between SSL and IPSec, which companies are active on the market and where to get further information

Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
By now, there are loads of books on cryptography. But if you’re looking for a book on how cryptography can be integrated with the Internet, you want Cryptography and Public Key Infrastructure on the Internet by Klaus Schmeh.

Unlike most crypto books, this one covers the full range of Internet crypto technologies and standards: not just SSL, IPSec, HTTPS, and S/MIME, but also PGPS, SET, HBCIS, DNSSec, SKIP, and many more.

Unlike most, Cryptography and Public Key Infrastructure on the Internet thoroughly considers the Internet’s vulnerabilities, and where crypto fits as a solution. Unlike most authors, Schmeh discusses how crypto fits into each OSI layer, from Layer 1 crypto extensions for ISDN and PPP all the way up to Layer 7 Privacy Enhanced Mail and Internet payment systems. He even covers crypto for SNMP network management and SAP R/3 ERP systems.

You’ll learn when to use crypto hardware, and when to use software. You’ll even find practical introductory chapters on both smart cards and biometrics -- topics rarely addressed in crypto books, but increasingly prominent in Internet and network security.

Of course, as per the title, there’s comprehensive coverage of public key infrastructures. There’s a highly readable overview of how PKI works; the components of a PKI system; trust models; digital certificates and certificate management; standards; and a whole lot more.

Schmeh provides up-to-date references to the field’s most important organizations, technical resources, and web sites. He concludes with a quick look at the encryption industry, including a no-nonsense take on crypto flops, myths, and “snake oil” -- not to mention “Murphy’s 10 laws of cryptography.” Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470847459
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/15/2003
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
7.58(w) x 9.61(h) x 1.07(d)

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