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

Roger R. Dube
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Aug. 25 2008 0470193395 978-0470193396
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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“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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative! Sept. 6 2014
By kclam
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Hardware solutions are more robust than software-only implementation of security because the software based keys from pseudo-random generators are ultimately predicable.

Most high security implementations usually involve Trusted Platform Module (TPM) and Trusted Execution Technology (TET). TPM is a tamper-resistant and tamper-evident hardware chip on the system board that will hold computer generated keys for encryption. It can be used to authenticate the platform (your PC or laptop). TET (available on Intel's newest-generation microprocessors) relies on TPM to provide measurements of software and platform components so that system software and management applications may use those measurements to make trust decisions.

In essence, this book presents a useful introduction to the TPM, TET, hardware-based authentication (biometrics and tokens) and location control. In addition, it provides example of secure implementations in high security and low security environment. Very informative!
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