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Hardware-based Computer Security Techniques to Defeat Hackers: From Biometrics to Quantum Cryptography

ISBN: 978-0-470-19339-6
256 pages
August 2008
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Presents primary hardware-based computer security approaches in an easy-to-read toolbox format

Protecting valuable personal information against theft is a mission-critical component of today's electronic business community. In an effort to combat this serious and growing problem, the Intelligence and Defense communities have successfully employed the use of hardware-based security devices.

This book provides a road map of the hardware-based security devices that can defeat—and prevent—attacks by hackers. Beginning with an overview of the basic elements of computer security, the book covers:

  • Cryptography

  • Key generation and distribution

  • The qualities of security solutions

  • Secure co-processors

  • Secure bootstrap loading

  • Secure memory management and trusted execution technology

  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM)

  • Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs)

  • Hardware-based authentification

  • Biometrics

  • Tokens

  • Location technologies

Hardware-Based Computer Security Techniques to Defeat Hackers includes a chapter devoted entirely to showing readers how they can implement the strategies and technologies discussed. Finally, it concludes with two examples of security systems put into practice.

The information and critical analysis techniques provided in this user-friendly book are invaluable for a range of professionals, including IT personnel, computer engineers, computer security specialists, electrical engineers, software engineers, and industry analysts.

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1. The Elements of Computer Security.

2. Cryptography Approaches and Attacks.

3. Key Generation and Distribution Approaches and Attacks.

4. The Qualities of Workable Security Solutions.

5. Secure Coprocessors.

6. Secure bootstrap Loading.

7. Secure Memory Management and Trusted Execution Technology.

8. The Trusted Platform Module.

9. Field-Programmable Gate Arrays.

10. Hardware-Based Authentication.

11. A Closer Look At Biometrics.

12. Tokens: Something You Have.

13. Location Technologies.

14. Putting It All Together.

Glossary.

Index.

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Roger R. Dube, PhD, obtained his bachelor's degree in experimental physics from Cornell University and his PhD from Princeton University. He has held positions in both academia and the private sector. He has published in top peer-reviewed scientific publications and written numerous successful research and development proposals (securing in excess of $27 million in grants and contract vehicles since 2004). He is currently the President and Chief Scientist of Digital Authentication Technologies (DAT), a computer security company with products based on Dr. Dube's patents. The technology has been successfully field-tested and deployed at the U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia, as well as at SAIC and Criterion Labs, and is currently being considered for use by various industries worldwide. Dr. Dube also holds a joint position at Rochester Institute of Techology (RIT) as a Professor in the Center for Imaging Science.
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“The experienced editors have written an easily comprehended book that is international in scope, and covers the last 25 years in computer and telecommunications developments and the Web.” (CHOICE, April 2010)

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