This course describes public key technology and related security management issues in the context of the Secure Cyberspace Grand Challenge of the National Academy of Engineering. Course materials explain Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) components and how the various components support e-business and strong security services. The course includes the basics of public key technology; the role of digital certificates; a case study that emphasizes the content and importance of certificate policy and certification practices; identification challenges and the current status of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace; and essential aspects of the key management life-cycle processes that incorporate the most recent research papers of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Students will examine PKI capabilities and digital signatures in the context of the business environment, including applicable laws and regulations. The course also presents the essential elements for PKI implementation, including planning, the state of standards, and interoperability challenges. The course also provides an opportunity for students to tailor the course to meet specific cybersecurity interests with regard to PKI and participate in discussions with their peers on contemporary cybersecurity topics.
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