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Product details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (9 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0134763424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0134763422
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 18.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,755,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Have a look at Secure Electronic Commerce: Building the Infrastructure for Digital Signatures and Encryption if you've been charged with setting up a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) for an organisation, or if you're just not content to trust commercial products' claims of security. This book gives a clear and complete overview of digital certificate management techniques. This richly detailed and heavily referenced volume generally stays clear of implementation specifics. Readers can count on it to provide the background in concepts and terminology that they'll need to make PKI design decisions.

Without exception, this is a very clearly written book, but there are rather few conceptual diagrams--and a few more graphics might have clarified the relationships among entities. Regardless, it's abundantly evident that the authors did a great deal of research--a rarity in this field. Nearly every other sentence contains a reference to an endnote. Study this book and the material it references, and participate in online forums on PKI issues to truly understand how PKI works. --David Wall

Topics covered: Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) design and functionality, including the legal principles behind binding electronic transactions and the details of authentication, encryption, non-repudiation, and key management. Certificates, Certificate Authorities (CAs), and means of managing trust relationships are all covered. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

"More now than ever, business has a responsibility to understand the trade-offs, costs, benefits and risks involved in choosing any particular type of information security technology. That necessary due diligence begins in Chapter 1 of this book."

―Spence Abraham, United States Senate

Your e-commerce site is only as successful as it is secure Customer confidence is a prerequisite for successful e-commerce, and security is the underpinning of that confidence. To make your e-commerce deployment safe and functional, you need to know not merely the latest security technologies, but also the most current legal strategies. This revised best seller combines the advice of seasoned experts from both the technical and legal fields to help you create a winning business strategy.

Traditional business users will learn how e-commerce transactions differ from paper-based commerce, and how to minimize the risks while maximizing the benefits. Technical users will appreciate the extensive coverage of the latest security technologies and how they are applied in the business environment.

Internet and security topics:

  • Digital signatures for secure transactions
  • Public-key infrastructure and certification policies
  • Firewalls, virtual private networks, Web and e-mail security

Legal and business topics:

  • Legal principles and practices to achieve enforceability
  • Regulations and guidelines in the U.S. and internationally
  • Non-repudiation and the role of trusted third-parties

Newcomers will appreciate the clear explanations of the origins and development of secure e-commerce. More experienced developers can move straight to the detailed technical material. Anyone who is involved in e-commerce design, management, or operation needs Secure Electronic Commerce.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dave.mcwilliam@towienet.co.uk on 8 Jun. 2000
Format: Paperback
I am an experienced networking guy with a need to understand security. This is an excellent and very readable book on the "public" side of crypto-security. It deals with the legal and technical issues and I found it particularly useful for the way it took me beyond the technology of certificates into the Public Key Infrastructure. My only complaint, and it is very minor, is that I would have like more hard data on the current structure of the PKI. A lot of information but well written and an excellent reference.
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Amazon.com: 5 reviews
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Greak Book for a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Overview 3 Sept. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is great at understanding the major components of a Public Key Infrastructure and the surrounding issues. You certainly would not walk away being able to set up a PKI, but you would be able to discuss it intelligently. If you are trying to come up to speed on PKI, this is the book for you. The subject is too big to cover everything in one book; so, I would also recommend picking up some more books that look at security issues specifically. One recommendation is E-Commerce Security by Ghosh.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The best I've seen 20 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Highly recommended - This is still the best intro book I've seen on PKI. Precisely and clearly written. Can't wait for the second edition, though, as this edition is getting a bit dated.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Clearly written guide to public key infrastructure 26 Aug. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ford and Baum do a great job explaining the ins and outs of public key infrastructures, covering both the technical and non-technical (legal, administrative, financial, etc.) issues with clarity and insight. Chapters 6 and 7 are especially worthwhile for those looking at the latest IETF PKIX standards.
Nice book 4 Sept. 2008
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I purchased this book for my class and its good enough where I didn't sell it back. Its not to highly detail but give a good primer on the subject. Well worth the read but I would recomend buying it used if you just need it for a class. Actually I would buy it used for all needs.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Solid Basis for understanding encryption and certificates 23 May 2000
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A very well organized and useful reference text regarding encryption na dcertificates. I was pleased at the singling out of PG and its differences versus other X509 standards.
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