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The History of Information Security: A Comprehensive Handbook Hardcover – Oct 2 2007


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Information Security is usually achieved through a mix of technical, organizational and legal measures. These may include the application of cryptography, the hierarchical modeling of organizations in order to assure confidentiality, or the distribution of accountability and responsibility by law, among interested parties. The history of Information Security reaches back to ancient times and starts with the emergence of bureaucracy in administration and warfare. Some aspects, such as the interception of encrypted messages during World War II, have attracted huge attention, whereas other aspects have remained largely uncovered. There has never been any effort to write a comprehensive history.

This book is intended as a first field-survey. It consists of twenty-eight contributions, written by experts in such diverse fields as computer science, law, or history and political science, dealing with episodes, organizations and technical developments that may be considered to be exemplary or have played a key role in the development of this field. These include: the emergence of cryptology as a discipline during the Renaissance, the Black Chambers in 18th century Europe, the breaking of German military codes during World War II, the histories of the NSA and its Soviet counterparts and contemporary cryptology.

In the last 30 years the focus has shifted from military to civilian use, with Information Security assuming a pivotal role in protecting information infra structure on which businesses and customers, or governments and citizens depend for their day to day dealings. The Handbook contains separate sections about identity-management, and the history of intellectual ownership, that are at the forefront of Information Security today.

About the Author

Karl de Leeuw has been engaged as a lecturer in Information Security at the University of Amsterdam and as an editor of sources about the history and philosophy of mathematics at the University of Utrecht. He has written his Ph. D about the history of cryptology in the Netherlands and has published extensively about this subject in scholarly journals in the U.S. and the U.K. His current research interests include the philosophy and history of science & technology, the history of computer science, and intelligence history; Jan Bergstra is a full professor in Computer Science at the University of Amsterdam. He is a logician by training and has a wide scope of interests.

Jan Bergstra is a professor of computer science at the University of Amsterdam, a part time professor of applied logic at Utrecht University (both NL) and he is a honorary visiting professor with the University of Swansea (UK). His main resarch interest has been computability theory, process algebra and abstract data types, but he worked in many other aspects of computer science as well, including in particular decidability problems that arise in the theory of computer virusses. He is a member of the Academia Europaea. He is currently managing editor of 'Science of Computer Programming' and the 'Journal of Logic and Algebraic Programming'.

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