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Conventional Public Key Infrastructure: An Artefact Ill-Fitted to the Needs of the Information Socie  14 November 2000 
Source: Roger Clarke - Posted by Dave Wreski   
This is a great document that explains public key infrastructure, X.509 and certificates, and the problems with existing methods. "Conventional PKI, built around ISO standard X.509, has been, and will continue to be, a substantial failure. This paper examines that form . . .
 
SSL In The Driver's Seat  13 November 2000 
Source: TechWeb - Posted by Jen Olson   
E-commerce is driving the Internet economy; e-commerce wouldn't be driving anything if users didn't purchase items online; overcoming users fears while shopping online has been the major hurdle in growing e-commerce; a single Internet protocol has almost single handedly increased e-commerce . . .
 
Encryption system for govt bosses  13 November 2000 
Source: Stuff [net-security] - Posted by Jen Olson   
Top bureaucrats will be able to swap classified material on the Net with the launch this week of a "Secure Electronic Environment" linking Treasury, the State Services Commission and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.. . .
 
Quantum Key Distribution: The Future of Security?  10 November 2000 
Source: Windows IT Security - Posted by Dave Wreski   
The US Government is adopting a new encryption standard called Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), which will eventually replace DES. On October 2, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced that it had chosen Rijndael (pronounced Rhine-doll) as the new . . .
 
The encryption algorithm demolition derby  02 November 2000 
Source: The Register - Posted by Dave Wreski   
In the early seventies the US government put out a call for an encryption algorithm. It had no response. A year later in 1973 they tried again and got one response, from IBM. Then followed a bit of politicking, but by . . .
 
Bush Blasts Clinton Administration Encryption Stance  02 November 2000 
Source: NewsBytes - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Responding to a question about encryption technology in an ongoing Internet debate, Texas Gov. George W. Bush today castigated President Clinton and Vice President Gore for what he called "outdated" technology policy. "The Clinton administration has repeatedly been slow to recognize . . .
 
Encrypting Data in Web Forms  01 November 2000 
Source: Linux Gazette - Posted by Dave Wreski   
This month's Linux Gazette has an article on, well, encrypting data in web forms. Linux Gazette is a great online magazine, and this month is no exception. "There may be times when you want to send encrypted data . . .
 
U.S. crypto winners -- Belgian heroes  25 October 2000 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Dave Wreski   
The U.S. government likes that number. Earlier this month, it selected Rijmen and Daemen's brainchild as the new Advanced Encryption Standard. That means Rijndael will soon become the shield of choice to protect sensitive U.S. government information, financial transactions and Internet . . .
 
VPN IPsec: Progress Slow But Steady  24 October 2000 
Source: Planet IT - Posted by Dave Wreski   
This is a pretty article that discusses why IPSec is slow going, and how now vendors are starting to work together to make sure their products interoperate when building a VPN. "As the number of VPN gateways increases, so does the . . .
 
Navy plans IPv6 tests  24 October 2000 
Source: Government Computer News - Posted by Dave Wreski   
The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in Charleston, S.C., in the coming year plans to test an IPv6 version of the Non-Classified IP Router Network. Government organizations are conducting "lots of IPv6 impact studies" in view of the rapidly declining . . .
 
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