Most books on public key infrastructure (PKI) seem to focus on asymmetric cryptography, X.509 certificates, certificate authority (CA) hierarchies, or certificate policy (CP), and certificate practice statements. While algorithms, certificates, and theoretical policy are all excellent discussions, the real-world issues for operating a commercial or private CA can be overwhelming.
Security without Obscurity: A Guide to PKI Operations provides a no-nonsense approach and realistic guide to operating a PKI system. In addition to discussions on PKI best practices, the book supplies warnings against bad PKI practices. Scattered throughout the book are anonymous case studies identifying both good and bad practices.
The highlighted bad practices, based on real-world scenarios from the authors' experiences, illustrate how bad things are often done with good intentions but cause bigger problems than the original one being solved.
This book offers readers the opportunity to benefit from the authors' more than 50 years of combined experience in developing PKI-related policies, standards, practices, procedures, and audits, as well as designing and operating various commercial and private PKI systems.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Number of pages: 343
Weight: 635 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 25 mm
"Finally a book that cuts through the dense fog surrounding PKI as an intellectual achievement to provide practical insights that can be applied with immediate benefit by the people charged with making PKI work. Security without Obscurity: A Guide to PKI Operations is a valuable reference that information security professionals will turn to again and again."
-Phillip H. Griffin, CISM, ISSA Fellow, IEEE Senior Member
"Jeff and Clay are `certifiable' in this practical guide to public key infrastructure (PKI). Because PKI is an operational system employing asymmetric cryptography, information technology (hardware and software), operating rules (policies and procedures), security (physical and logical security), and legal matters, a holistic approach is needed. They have provided the chart essential to navigating the operational aspects-what takes PKI from theory to practice."
-Ralph Spencer Poore, CFE, CISA, CISSP, PCIP, ISSA Distinguished Fellow