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PKI Implementation and Infrastructures

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ISBN 9781032419831
March 15, 2023 Forthcoming by CRC Press
190 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The concept of a PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) has been around for decades, but it is one strand of IT which has taken an extraordinarily long time to come to fruition within the mainstream. This is mostly because implementing a PKI is time consuming and difficult. Maintaining a PKI is equally time consuming and even more difficult within the real world of mergers and acquisitions against a backdrop of ever changing technology. Many organisations simply give up and hand everything over to a third party who promises to manage everything on their behalf. This is generally not a good idea and simply delays the inevitability of failures and misunderstood complexity. This book explores all the aspects of implementing and maintaining a PKI that the other books on the subject seem to miss. It reflects decades of hard won experience, not only in PKI, not only in IT, not only in electronics, but in business, government agencies and academia alike. The book also explores the existence of a PKI alongside other technologies, such as biometrics, and against an ever changing world of development methodologies. This last point is particularly relevant at this time as we are in the middle of a quiet revolution in this respect. Consequently, this is the ONE book on PKI that you have to have on your shelf, whether you be a company director, IT Manager, Government Minister or teacher of IT. It is the book which fills in all the gaps left in the literature and treads paths which others fear to tread. You will enjoy it enormously if you are from an IT background.

Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. What exactly is a PKI? 2. How does PKI work? 3. What are the primary applications for a PKI? 4. What exactly is a digital certificate? 5. What about encryption? 6. Biometrics and PKI. 7. What is the conventional wider infrastructure? 8. Kubernetes, containers and PKI. 9. Trust and Certificates. 10. How may a localised infrastructure work? 11. What happens when certificates expire? 12. How do we ensure that certificates do not expire? 13. How does the the human interaction work? 14. Can we organise everything ourselves? 15. How long does it take to implement a proper PKI? 16. What skills do we need for operational personnel? 17. How do we embed a PKI culture in the workplace? 18. How do we keep it all working as we grow? 19. What happens if we acquire other companies? 20. Who should be responsible for it all? 21. PKI, the Cloud and the Internet of Things. 22. PKI and the global financial industry 23. PKI and government legislation. 24. Consequences. Epilogue.

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Julian Ashbourn is a prolific literary author with many popular titles in both the arts and sciences, including poetry and philosophy. He is also an experienced audio engineer and a composer with more than fifty full scale symphonic works to his credit, in addition to other genres. Julian is also a qualified Geoscientist and loves nature and anything within the natural world or connected with the sciences. In the IT field, Julian is an acknowledged expert on biometrics, encryption and infrastructure. He has had a varied career, working all over the world, often troubleshooting systems, from Arabia and Africa, to Australia, Russia, Japan and almost every European country. The last 20 years of his career were spent in the aviation industry where he supported projects around a very large IT infrastructure, working on just about every scenario including, of course, PKI.