ICSA Guide to Cryptography

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Written by an expert in cryptography, and backed by the leading professional cryptographic organization, this book tackles the key cryptographic issues with a special focus on current technical problems. Integrating the rich history of classical cryptography with modern public key cryptosystems, this guide is a authoritative source of information on processes, products, management, implementation, and product certification. For anyone who has ever been fascinated by "secret codes," but expecially for information technology workers and managers directly concerned with secure computing.

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Hands-on Help with Today's Computer Security Challenges
The ICSA Guide To Cryptography represents over two years of hard work. I am extremely proud to have been associated with the team that produced this powerful presentation on the subject of Cryptography. The team of cryptography professionals and security organizations that contributed to the writing of this book represents some of the most knowledgeable and respected members of the cryptographic community. Their collective professional wisdom makes this guide a true success. I am deeply grateful for their contributions and to McGraw Hill for their excellent production work.

Cryptography is a maturing science that has broad ranging applications in business. Every commercial concern that either markets its products internationally or uses computer networks for global communications and customer services must be concerned with protecting its assets and customer's information from a variety of attacks. This concern is increased when the Internet is the primary communications medium. The most cost-effective protection for information transmitted by or stored in computers is cryptography.

At one time the sole province of government and military concerns, cryptography has expanded into many directions and dimensions: recreational, scientific, biometric, educational, tactical, strategic, and global. The well-informed company recognizes the value that cryptography adds to the security of its computer information assets. Unfortunately, only a minority of corporate managers has deployed cryptographic tools to protect their company computer communications and databases. This trend seems to be reversing dramatically as businesses expand into global markets and the cost of installing appropriate cryptosystems decreases.

The ICSA Guide to Cryptography is aimed at the policy-maker and manager, not the specialist. It was designed to be readable without over usage of involved mathematics. It explores issues and commercial realities. It provides a detailed look into the use of cryptography to protect commercial information resources. The ICSA Guide to Cryptography integrates the rich lessons of classical cryptography and cryptanalysis into the modern realm of public-key cryptographic products and capabilities. It addresses the challenges associated with doing private business on a public Internet. The Guide stresses the proper implementation of cryptographic security products on computer systems. It covers processes, products, protocols, key management, implementation mistakes, and most vitally, product certification with respect to standards. In addition, it provides managers with many resources, including a CD-ROM with current product information, for applying cryptography to commercial computer systems.

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