Secure Messaging with PGP and S/MIME

A book to be published by Artech House Publishers in the Computer Security Series

(ISBN 978-1-58053-161-0)

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Rolf Oppliger, Ph.D.
eSECURITY Technologies Rolf Oppliger
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Aims and Scope

Secure Messaging with PGP and S/MIME attempts to bring together all relevant and important information that is needed to understand and use PGP- and S/MIME-compliant software. As such, the book is aimed to fill the gap between the manuals that describe the graphical user interfaces of the various software packages and the Internet-Drafts and RFC documents that mainly focus on packet formats and bit encoding schemes of PGP and S/MIME.

Target Audience

The book is primarily intended for security managers, network practitioners, professional system and network administrators, product implementors, and end users who want to learn more about the rationale behind and the possibilities of secure messaging with PGP and S/MIME. The book can be used for self-study or to teach classes.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction
2. Character Sets, Message Formats, and Encoding Schemes
3. Internet Messaging
4. Cryptographic Techniques
5. ASN.1 and Encoding Rules

Part II: PGP

6. History and Development
7. Technological Approach
8. Web of Trust
9. Standardization and Products
10. Conclusions and Outlook


11. History and Development
12. Technological Approach
13. Public Key Infrastructure
14. Standardization and Products
15. Conclusions and Outlook


16. Comparison
17. Outlook


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This book is used to teach a course with the same title in the eSECURITY EDUCATION CENTER.

Additional Material

Tutorial/seminar slides (120 slides) are available on request for educational purposes.

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