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Practical Cryptography

ISBN: 978-0-471-22357-3
432 pages
April 2003
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Security is the number one concern for businesses worldwide. The gold standard for attaining security is cryptography because it provides the most reliable tools for storing or transmitting digital information. Written by Niels Ferguson, lead cryptographer for Counterpane, Bruce Schneier's security company, and Bruce Schneier himself, this is the much anticipated follow-up book to Schneier's seminal encyclopedic reference, Applied Cryptography, Second Edition (0-471-11709-9), which has sold more than 150,000 copies.
Niels Ferguson (Amsterdam, Netherlands) is a cryptographic engineer and consultant at Counterpane Internet Security. He has extensive experience in the creation and design of security algorithms, protocols, and multinational security infrastructures. Previously, Ferguson was a cryptographer for DigiCash and CWI. At CWI he developed the first generation of off-line payment protocols. He has published numerous scientific papers.
Bruce Schneier (Minneapolis, MN) is Founder and Chief Technical Officer at Counterpane Internet Security, a managed-security monitoring company. He is also the author of Secrets and Lies: Digital Security in a Networked World (0-471-25311-1).
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Preface.

1. Our Design Philosophy.

2. The Context of Cryptography.

3. Introduction to Cryptography.

I  Message Security.

4. Block Ciphers.

5. Block Cipher Modes.

6. Hash Functions.

7. Message Authentication Codes.

8. The Secure Channel.

9. Implementation. Issues (I).

II  Key Negotiation.

10. Generating Randomness.

11. Primes.

12. Diffie-Hellman.

13. RSA.

14. Introduction to Cryptographic Protocols.

15. Negotiation Protocol.

16. Implementation Issues.

III  Key Management.

17. The Clock.

18. Key Servers.

19. The Dream of PKI.

20. PKI Reality.

21. PKI Practicalities.

22. Storing Secrets.

IV  Miscellaneous.

23. Standards.

24. Patents.

25. Involving Experts.

Acknowledgments.

Bibliography.

Index.

 

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NIELS FERGUSON is a cryptographic engineer and consultant. He has extensive experience in the design and implementation of cryptographic algorithms, protocols, and large-scale security infrastructures. Previously, Ferguson was a cryptographer for DigiCash and CWI, and he worked closely with Bruce Schneier at Counterpane Internet Security. He has published numerous scientific papers.

BRUCE SCHNEIER is founder and chief technical officer at Counterpane Internet Security, a managed-security monitoring company. A world-renowned scientist, security expert, and lecturer, he is the author of Secrets and Lies: Digital Security in a Networked World and Applied Cryptography (both from Wiley).

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