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Knowledge of number theory and abstract algebra are pre-requisites for any engineer designing a secure internet-based system.
However, most of the books currently available on the subject are aimed at practitioners who just want to know how the various tools available on the market work and what level of security they impart. These books traditionally deal with the science and mathematics only in so far as they are necessary to understand how the tools work.
Internet Security differs by its assertion that cryptography is the single most important technology for securing the Internet. To quote one reviewer if every one of your communication partners were using a secure system based on encryption, viruses, worms and hackers would have a very hard time . This scenario does not reflect the reality of the Internet world as it currently stands. However, with security issues becoming more and more important internationally, engineers of the future will be required to design tougher, safer systems.
* Offers an in-depth introduction to the relevant cryptographic principles, algorithms protocols - the nuts and bolts of creating a secure network
* Links cryptographic principles to the technologies in use on the Internet, eg. PGP, S/MIME, IPsec, SSL TLS, Firewalls and SET (protecting credit card transactions)
* Provides state-of-the-art analysis of the latest IETF standards plus summaries and explanations of RFC documents
* Authored by a recognised expert in security
Internet Security is the definitive text for graduate students on security and cryptography courses, and researchers in security and cryptography areas. It will prove to be invaluable to professionals engaged in the long-term development of secure systems.
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