Since SSL is the backbone of the secure internet, (now technically called TLS), what are some good books I should read up on to understand all aspects of it?
I suppose I'll need to learn some math, some PKI books, crypto, and Sysadmin books as well. Since that isn't a complete list I'm interested in hearing what you think is wise to learn as well.
Here is a list of four good books on the subject (SSL/TLS):
Here are some good books on PKI:
Understanding PKI: Concepts, Standards, and Deployment Considerations
Planning for PKI: Best Practices Guide for Deploying Public Key Infrastructure
Public Key Infrastructure: Building Trusted Applications and Web Services
PKI: Implementing & Managing E-Security
And when it comes to cryptograpy, you can't do much better than:
Introduction to Modern Cryptography: Principles and Protocols
Applied Cryptography: Protocols, Algorithms, and Source Code in C
The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Cryptography Engineering: Design Principles and Practical Applications
As far as cryptography goes, this is the best there is:
You will learn all there is from the basic building blocks upwards.