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Security of Information and Communication Networks

ISBN: 978-0-470-29025-5
344 pages
March 2009, Wiley-IEEE Press
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Information and communications security is a hot topic in private industry as well as in government agencies. This book provides a complete conceptual treatment of securing information and transporting it over a secure network in a manner that does not require a strong mathematical background. It stresses why information security is important, what is being done about it, how it applies to networks, and an overview of its key issues. It is written for anyone who needs to understand these important topics at a conceptual rather than a technical level.

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Table of Contents



About the Author.

1. Introduction.

1.1 A Historical Perspective of Information and Network Security.

1.2 Modern Cryptography, Watermarking, Steganography, Escrow and Cryptanalysis.

1.3 Network Security.

1.4 Security Threatening Attacks and Actions.

2. Mathematical Foundations.

2.1 Introduction.

2.2 Logarithms.

2.3 Prime Numbers.

2.4 Modulus Arithmetic.

2.5 Greatest Common Divisor.

2.6 Groups.

2.7 Rings.

2.8 Fields.

2.9 The Fermat’s Theorem.

2.10 The Euler’s Theorem.

2.11 Exclusive-Or.

2.12 Random Numbers.

3. Ciphers and Algorithms.

3.1 Symmetric/Asymmetric Ciphers.

3.2 Symmetric Ciphers.

3.3 Asymmetric Cipher Systems.

3.4 Elliptic Curve Cryptosystems.

3.5 The RSA Algorithm.

3.6 Key Management.

4. Cryptographic Key Distribution Systems.

4.1 Key Distribution.

4.2 Merkle’s Puzzle Method.

4.3 Shamir’s Key Distribution Method.

4.4 Diffi e-Hellman Key Exchange Distribution.

4.5 Digital Signature Systems.

4.6 The Trusted Third Party or Key Escrow Encryption System.

5. Chaotic Cryptographic Systems.

5.1 Fundamentals of Chaotic Processes.

5.2 Application of Chaotic Systems to Communications.

5.3 Application of Chaotic Systems to Cryptography.


6. Communication Security Layer Classifi cations.

6.1 A Synergistic Security Framework.

6.2 Firewalls and Gateways.

6.3 Security Cross-Portfolio.

6.4 Attacks and Security in the Internet.


7. Network Security: Wireless Systems.

7.1 Wireless Networks.

7.2 WLAN.

7.3 Wi-Fi, WPA and WPA2.


7.5 Wireless Mobile Access Networks.

7.6 B3G/4G.

7.7 WiMax.

7.8 IP Multimedia Subsystems.

7.9 Bluetooth.

7.10 Wireless Personal Area Networks.

7.12 Wireless Ad-Hoc Networks.


8. Network Security: Wired Systems.

8.1 Introduction.

8.2 Wired Networks.

8.3 Security Issues.

8.4 Security Comparison Between PSDN and IP.


9. Network Security: Optical Systems.

9.1 Introduction.

9.2 Layers of Network Security.

9.3 Security of Optical Access Network.

9.4 Cyber-Attack Detection Mechanisms.

9.5 A WDM Method Applicable to Link Security.

9.6 Free Space Optical Networks.


10. Quantum Networks.

10.1 Introduction.

10.2 Quantum Mechanics Not-for-Dummies.

10.3 Quantum Cryptography.

11. Next Generation Optical Network Security.

11.1 Introduction.

11.2 Standardized Protocols for Cost-Effi cient Optical Networks.

11.3 Security in the Next Generation SONET/SDH.


12. Biometrics in Communication Networks.

12.1 Introduction.

12.2 Biometric Types.

12.3 Biometrics and Cryptography.

12.4 Local and Remote Authentication.

12.5 Biometrics Remote Authentication.




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Author Information

Stamatios V. Kartalopoulos, PhD, is the Williams Professor in Telecommunications Networking at the ECE/TCOM graduate program at the University of Oklahoma and conducts research activities in optical networking and network security. He is also principal consultant of PhotonExperts, a consultancy on advanced optical technology and optical communications systems and networks. Previously, he defined, led, and managed research and development teams at Bell Laboratories, where he was awarded the President's Award as well as several other awards for excellence. Dr. Kartalopoulos has published both books and research papers extensively, has been awarded nineteen patents, and has lectured at international forums. An IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, he is an IEEE Fellow and member of SPIE, Sigma XI, and Etta Kappa Nu.

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The Wiley Advantage

  • Provides the mathematical foundation upon which cryptographic methods and cipher algorithms (DH, ECC, RSA, etc.) are used to cipher texts in a manner that is accessible even to those without strong mathematical backgrounds.
  • Thoroughly covers network security issues and vulnerabilities. 
  • Topics covered include quantum cryptography, intrustion detection, network self-defense against attacks, and countermeasure intelligent methods.
  • It describes security mechanisms in the next-generation optical network, and it provides a treatment of biometrics and authentication issues over communications networks.  
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“Finding a comprehensive and readable book in security is still rare. This work by Kartalopoulos (Univ. of Oklahoma) is one of these diamonds in the rough.” (CHOICE, April 2010)

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