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Network Security First-Step, Second Edition by Donald Stoddard, Thomas M. Thomas

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Message Digest 5 Algorithm

With the development of the Internet and the evolution of the world to become oriented in data and connectivity, we have also learned that “there be hackers” out there. This means that you must be concerned with issues such as security, authenticity, and integrity of data.

These issues are important for almost everyone, from the military/government to healthcare/personal records to financial data. All organizations require secret or private data to be kept from those who should not have access to it. Security in the form of authenticity and integrity of data is driven as follows:

Authenticity is responsible for ensuring that the group or person sending the data is who he says he is. A digital signature is an example ...

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