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Cryptography For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-7645-4188-9
336 pages
January 2004
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  • Cryptography is the most effective way to achieve data security and is essential to e-commerce activities such as online shopping, stock trading, and banking
  • This invaluable introduction to the basics of encryption covers everything from the terminology used in the field to specific technologies to the pros and cons of different implementations
  • Discusses specific technologies that incorporate cryptography in their design, such as authentication methods, wireless encryption, e-commerce, and smart cards
  • Based entirely on real-world issues and situations, the material provides instructions for already available technologies that readers can put to work immediately
  • Expert author Chey Cobb is retired from the NRO, where she held a Top Secret security clearance, instructed employees of the CIA and NSA on computer security and helped develop the computer security policies used by all U.S. intelligence agencies
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Introduction.

Part I: Crypto Basics & What You Really Need to Know.

Chapter 1: A Primer on Crypto Basics.

Chapter 2: Major League Algorithms.

Chapter 3: Deciding What You Really Need.

Chapter 4: Locks and Keys.

Part II: Public Key Infrastructure.

Chapter 5: The PKI Primer.

Chapter 6: PKI Bits and Pieces.

Chapter 7: All Keyed Up!

Part III: Putting Encryption Technologies to Work for You.

Chapter 8: Securing E-Mail from Prying Eyes.

Chapter 9: File and Storage Strategies.

Chapter 10: Authentication Systems.

Chapter 11: Secure E-Commerce.

Chapter 12: Virtual Private Network (VPN) Encryption.

Chapter 13: Wireless Encryption Basics.

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 14: The Ten Best Encryption Web Sites.

Chapter 15: The Ten Most Commonly Misunderstood Encryption Terms.

Chapter 16: Cryptography Do’s and Don’ts.

Chapter 17: Ten Principles of “Cryptiquette”.

Chapter 18: Ten Very Useful Encryption Products.

Part V: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Cryptographic Attacks.

Appendix B: Glossary.

Appendix C: Encryption Export Controls.

Index.

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Chey Cobb, CISSP, author of Network Security For Dummies, was Chief Security Officer for a National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) overseas location. She is a nationally recognized computer security expert.
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“…a useful guide for anyone bamboozled by encryption…” (PC Utilities, June 2004)

“The reader can dip into it whenever the mood takes them…” (MicroMart, 29th April 2004)

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