REVIEW: "PKI Security Solutions for the Enterprise", Kapil Raina

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  1. BKPKISSE.RVW 20031025

    "PKI Security Solutions for the Enterprise", Kapil Raina, 2003,
    0-471-31529-X, U$40.00/C$61.95/UK#27.95
    %A Kapil Raina
    %C 5353 Dundas Street West, 4th Floor, Etobicoke, ON M9B 6H8
    %D 2003
    %G 0-471-31529-X
    %I John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
    %O U$40.00/C$61.95/UK#27.95 416-236-4433 fax: 416-236-4448
    %O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/047131529X/robsladesinterne
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/047131529X/robsladesinte-21
    %O http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/047131529X/robsladesin03-20
    %P 307 p.
    %T "PKI Security Solutions for the Enterprise"

    The introduction states that the book contains basic information and
    specific examples and models for PKI (Public Key Infrastructure)
    development and deployment.

    Part one talks about trust basics. Chapter one wanders through
    various topics, possibly related to the question of what trust is.
    Chapter two should discuss PKI components, and eventually does, but
    the logical structure of the material is poor. Best practices of PKI,
    in chapter three, is really only some thoughts on how to pick a
    vendor. The other side of the coin, selling PKI, is in chapter four.

    Part two, solutions for trust, is mostly a discussion of needs. This
    content is divided by vertical market, and so chapter five deals with
    healthcare (talking about HIPAA, and with an odd inclusion of
    biometrics), a financial product in six, government and identity cards
    in seven, and communications (mostly email, and mostly existing
    services that have done just fine without PKI) in eight. Other random
    topics are in chapter nine, including Kerberos, which doesn't need any
    PKI.

    Part three is a list of vendors (in chapter ten), and a closing
    chapter eleven, that ostensibly talks about the future of PKI, but
    just does another promotional job selling the PKI concept.

    The author obviously has commerce in mind, but the hawking goes on so
    long that pretty much anything of value in this volume gets lost.

    copyright Robert M. Slade, 2003 BKPKISSE.RVW 20031025

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