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Security without Obscurity
A Guide to Confidentiality, Authentication, and Integrity

ISBN 9781466592148
Published May 2, 2014 by Auerbach Publications
355 Pages 78 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The traditional view of information security includes the three cornerstones: confidentiality, integrity, and availability; however the author asserts authentication is the third keystone. As the field continues to grow in complexity, novices and professionals need a reliable reference that clearly outlines the essentials. Security without Obscurity: A Guide to Confidentiality, Authentication, and Integrity fills this need.

Rather than focusing on compliance or policies and procedures, this book takes a top-down approach. It shares the author’s knowledge, insights, and observations about information security based on his experience developing dozens of ISO Technical Committee 68 and ANSI accredited X9 standards. Starting with the fundamentals, it provides an understanding of how to approach information security from the bedrock principles of confidentiality, integrity, and authentication.

The text delves beyond the typical cryptographic abstracts of encryption and digital signatures as the fundamental security controls to explain how to implement them into applications, policies, and procedures to meet business and compliance requirements. Providing you with a foundation in cryptography, it keeps things simple regarding symmetric versus asymmetric cryptography, and only refers to algorithms in general, without going too deeply into complex mathematics.

Presenting comprehensive and in-depth coverage of confidentiality, integrity, authentication, non-repudiation, privacy, and key management, this book supplies authoritative insight into the commonalities and differences of various users, providers, and regulators in the U.S. and abroad.

Table of Contents

About This Book
     Audience for This Book 
     Guide to This Book
     Standards Organizations 
     ISO TC68 Financial Services 
     ASC X9 Financial Services 
     Standards Depreciation 
Risk Assessment 
     Threat Analysis 
     Vulnerability Analysis 
     Probability Analysis 
     Impact Analysis 
     Control Adjustments 
     Example Assessment

Data Classification 
     Data Groups 
     Data Tagging
Data States 
     Data in Transit 
          Encryption Methods 
          Encryption Methods 2 
          Encryption Methods 3
     Data in Process 
     Data in Storage
Data Encryption 
     Session Encryption 
     Field Encryption 
     Data Tokenization 
     Data Encryption Keys

Authentication Factors 
     Single-Factor Authentication 
     Multifactor Authentication 
     Multisite Authentication
Knowledge Factors 
     Person Entity (PE) Authentication 
     Nonperson Entity (NPE) Authentication 
     Knowledge-Based Authentication (KBA) 
     Zero Knowledge (ZK) Authentication
Possession Factors 
     Hardware Objects 
     Data Objects 
     Software Objects 
     One-Time Passwords (OTP)
Biometric Factors 
     Biometric Technology 
     Biometric Enrollment 
     Biometric Verification 
     Biometric Identification
Cryptography Factors 
     Symmetric Cryptography
     Asymmetric Cryptography 
     Cryptographic Authentication 
     Cryptographic Protocols
Signature Synonyms 
     Handwritten Signatures 
     Dynamic Signatures 
     Digital Signatures 
     Electronic Signatures

Integrity Check Value (ICV) Description 
     ICV Composition 
      Integrity Check Points
Data Integrity States
     Data in Transit 
     Data in Process 
     Data in Storage
Integrity Check Methods
     Longitudinal Redundancy Check (LRC) 
     Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC) 
     Hash and Message Digest 
     Message Authentication Code (MAC) 
     Hashed Message Authentication Code (HMAC) 
     Digital Signature 
     Time-Stamp Token (TST)

Technical Considerations
Cryptographic Considerations
Operational Considerations
Legal Considerations

Technical Considerations 
     Privacy Data Elements 
     Cross-Border Jurisdictions
Cryptographic Considerations
Operational Considerations
     Roles and Responsibilities 
     Security Policy
Legal Considerations 
     European Union (EU) Privacy Directive 
     Canadian Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) 
     United Kingdom Data Privacy Act (DPA) 
     United States Privacy Laws and Guidelines 
     Federal Trade Commission (FTC)—Privacy of Consumer Financial Information
     Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) 
     Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) 
     Federal Privacy Act

Key Management
Cryptographic Algorithms 
     Message Authentication Code (MAC) 
     Hashed Message Authentication Code (HMAC) 
     Digital Signature 
     Key Transport 
     7 Key Agreement 
     Summary of Algorithms
Cryptographic Modules 
     Common Criteria 
     NIST Cryptographic Modules 
     ANSI Tamper Resistant Security Modules
     ISO Secure Cryptographic Modules
Key-Management Life Cycle 
     Cryptography Risks 
     Life-Cycle Phases 
     Life-Cycle Controls
Cryptographic Architecture 
     Security Policies, Practices, and Procedures
     Key Inventory 
     Network, Data, and Key Diagrams
Public Key Infrastructure 
     Certificate Authority 
     Registration Authority
     Relying Party



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Jeff J. Stapleton has over 30 years experience developing and assessing payment systems and security techniques, including cryptography and biometrics. His career includes the major card brands (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover) for payment systems and security assessments; big-four accounting firm experience performing security assessments of applications, systems, and products; working with large and medium-sized financial institutions providing risk assessments and security compliance audits; and developing policies, practices, and procedures for security systems.

Jeff has participated in developing ISO and X9 security standards for over 25 years within the financial services industry. For the first five years, he participated on several X9 workgroups and has been an industry liaison and U.S. expert several times for various ISO workgroups. In addition, he has been chair of the X9F4 Cryptographic Protocols and Application Security Workgroup for 15 years. His experience includes participation on several X9 and ISO workgroups and development of over three dozen ISO and X9 standards. Some of the standards have multiple parts, which add to the overall count.

Jeff has published articles in various information security journals, IEEE papers, PKI Forum notes, and is a contributing author to several books on biometrics and cryptography. He is also a patent holder for cryptographic solutions.

Jeff has also authored various white papers for customers on debit card payments, key management, data loss prevention (DLP) solutions, and format-preserving encryption (FPE). He is a CISSP® and former Certified TG-3 Assessor (CTGA®) and PCI Qualified Security Assessor (QSA®). The CTGA and QSA are only viable for security consultants in active practice. He has also been a frequent public speaker at information security conferences, seminars, and webinars.


Jeff's extensive practical experience in applying information security and his expertise in cryptographic standards makes this book a must-read for the information security professional. Security without Obscurity: A Guide to Confidentiality, Authentication, and Integrity deserves a place in your reference library.
—Ralph Spencer Poore, CFE, CISA, CISSP, CHS-III, PCIP, ISSA Distinguished Fellow, ISSA Honor Roll

Having worked at the same consulting firm and also on a project with author J.J. Stapleton (full disclosure); I knew he was a really smart guy. In Security without Obscurity: A Guide to Confidentiality, Authentication and Integrity, Stapleton shows how broad his security knowledge is to the world. When it comes to the world of encryption and cryptography, Stapleton has had his hand in a lot of different cryptographic pies. He has been part of cryptographic accreditation committees for many different standard bodies across the globe. ... Those looking for a highly technical overview, interoperability guidance, and overall reference will find the book most rewarding. ... One of the ways Stapleton brings his broad experience to the book is in the many areas where he compares different types of cryptosystems, technologies and algorithms. This enables the reader to understand what the appropriate type of authentication is most beneficial for the specific requirement. ... For anyone looking for an authoritative text on how to fully implement cross-platform security and authentication across the enterprise, this is a valuable reference to get that job done.
—Book review by Ben Rothke, writing on
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… the author is well qualified to assay the vital information technology field of computer network security … The text is peppered with instructive figures and tables … very clearly written …
—John Maxymuk for ARBAonline