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Linux Journal: Security Technologies for the World Wide Web [Book Review]

Jul 08, 2000, 17:35 (0 Talkback[s])
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"This book explains the different aspects of the Web, from both the user point of view and system administrator or network architect. It has plenty of references, web sites and pointers to where information can be found. Very well-written, it states a list that's almost like an index to technologies under discussion. Whereas technologies such as encryption, security and Hyper Text Transfer Protocol have copious sources of information, Electronic Commerce does not have enough references. Rolf points out several sources where information about e-commerce can be found. I particularly liked the section on electronic commerce."

"The book targets security for the most part; the discussion, however, is restricted to IP-based networks. Other different network protocols and technologies such as ATM and frame relay did not get their share of the discussion. A deeper explanation of virtual private networks would have enriched the book."

"In conclusion, Rolf Oppliger presents what can be considered a premier introduction to the end-to-end security model, environment, tools, protocols, as well as privacy. It is not too technical, and is thus appropriate for a broad audience. I certainly recommend getting a copy; it is worthwhile reading."

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