7.6. Secure E-Mail

The final control we consider in depth is secure e-mail. Think about how much you use e-mail and how much you rely on the accuracy of its contents. How would you react if you received a message from your instructor saying that because you had done so well in your course so far, you were excused from doing any further work in it? What if that message were a joke from a classmate? We rely on e-mail's confidentiality and integrity for sensitive and important communications, even though ordinary e-mail has almost no confidentiality or integrity. In this section we investigate how to add confidentiality and integrity protection to ordinary e-mail.

Security for E-Mail

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