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Public Key Infrastructure

Building Trusted Applications and Web Services, 1st Edition

By John R. Vacca

Auerbach Publications

448 pages | 81 B/W Illus.

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Description

With the recent Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, public key cryptography, digital signatures, and digital certificates are finally emerging as a ubiquitous part of the Information Technology landscape. Although these technologies have been around for over twenty years, this legislative move will surely boost e-commerce activity. Secure electronic business transactions, such as contracts, legal documents, insurance, and bank loans are now legally recognized. In order to adjust to the realities of the marketplace, other services may be needed, such as a non-repudiation service, digital notary, or digital time-stamping service. The collection of these components, known as Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), is paving the way for secure communications within organizations and on the public Internet.

Table of Contents

OVERVIEW OF PKI TECHNOLOGY

Public Key Infrastructures (PKIs): What Are They?

Type of Certificate Authorities (CAS) Services

PKI Standards

Types of Vendor and Third-Party CA Systems

Protecting Private Keys

CA System Attacks

Stolen Private Keys: What Can Be Done?

Certificate Practice Statements

PKI Readiness

ANALYZING AND DESIGNING PUBLIC KEY INFRASTRUCTURES

PKI Design Issues

Cost Justification and Consideration

PKI Standards Design Issues

PKI Architectural Design Considerations

IMPLEMENTING PKI

Requirements

Implementation Schedule

Implementation Costs

PKI Performance

MANAGING PKI

Requesting a Certificate

Obtaining a Certificate

Storing a Certificate within the Browser

Using a Certificate

Revoking a Certificate

Summary, Conclusions, and Recommendations

APPENDICES

GLOSSARY

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COM043000
COMPUTERS / Networking / General
COM051230
COMPUTERS / Software Development & Engineering / General
COM053000
COMPUTERS / Security / General