Planning for PKI

Russ Housley, Tim Polk

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"Planning for PKI" examines this cornerstone Internet security technology.Written by the architects of the Internet Public Key Infrastructure (PKI),this book provides authoritative technical guidance for network engineers,architects, and managers who need to implement the right PKI architecture for their organization. Readers will learn that building a successful PKI is an on going process, not a one-time event. The authors discuss results and lessons learned from three early PKI deployments, helping readers avoid the pitfalls and emulate the successes of early PKI adopters. Using plain and direct language, the authors share their extensive knowledge of PKI standards development in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and elsewhere. Subtle points about the Internet PKI standards are liberally sprinkled throughout the book. These nuggets provide insight into the intent of some of the esoteric topics in the standards, enabling greater interoperability. "Planning for PKI" gathers the PKI state-of-the-art into one volume, covering everything from PKI history to emerging PKI-related technologies.

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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.

As far as cryptography goes, this is the best there is:

Applied Cryptography: Protocols, Algorithms, and Source Code in C

You will learn all there is from the basic building blocks upwards.