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Understanding PKI: Concepts, Standards, and Deployment Considerations Hardcover – Nov 16 2002


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 2 edition (Nov. 16 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672323915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672323911
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 18.1 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,353,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22 2003
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because of the excellent reviews it got. However upon reading this I can't see any justification for these reviews. First of all it is very high level; I mean appropriate for your manager's, manager's manager maybe. This book is all about fawning over Diffie Hellman and philosophizing about how pki should be used etc. There is no technical information in this book, no code, no flow charts, no diagrams, no data structures. It doesn't even explain how pki is applied, for example to ssl. All the real information in this book could have been condenced to a few pages. I really needed this book to be good and it was not. Look if you want to go to a cocktail party and impress someone with no technical exposure then maybe this is your book. Otherwise there must be better choices.
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Format: Hardcover
I think there's some merit to people expecting a more hands on approach in a book like this. But those expectations seems unrealistic. The book is not titled "Implementing PKI," it's called "Understanding PKI."
There is value in a concepts book. For experienced technical professional trying to get a grip on the terminologies and concepts of security and PKI, this book is succinct and touches all the major points.
For those looking for screenshots of people right clicking icons, there's a thousand other books like that! Most of those so called "technical books" are not that technical. It's nice to have a book that's not product specific for a change.
This book does what it intends to do well. There is a need for more technical books but this book is valuable in it's present form. I have given several copies to peers.
I hope this review helps you balance out your opinions before deciding for or against this book.
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Format: Hardcover
Carlisle and his co authors have written a book that will allow the Security practioner, as well as the Security techie, to understand the basics of PKI Infrastrucutres. I had the opportunity to meet Carlisle at the Secure Summit this past Jan., and we had a very interesting dicussion about this book, how he came to write it, etc. Just sorry I didn't have my copy for an autograph. I have ordered my 2d copy, sent the first copy I bought to a buddy who needed to understand the innnards of PKI. This book is an easy read but loaded with good data on PKI. I would recommend this book to managers who need to understand PKI but don't need to do the technical pieces. For my part, I am Security professional with over 30 years experience.
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By A Customer on Feb. 25 2001
Format: Hardcover
Its not Entrust's fault if they are the only PKI vendor that actively supports standards, develops the most technologically advanced and secure PKI solutions, and carry out the best practices.
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By Greg Broiles on Nov. 21 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent summary and overview of a difficult topic. It simplifies and explains without removing important detail or obscuring unsolved problems. It's an excellent book for technical people new to PKI, or for manager/business types who need a deeper understanding of the technology. I bought extra copies to hand out at work to people who needed to know this stuff.
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