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Software Architecture for Big Data and the Cloud by Bruce Maxim, Maritta Heisel, Nour Ali, Rami Bahsoon, Ivan Mistrik

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Chapter 7

Evaluating Web PKIs

Jiangshan Yu; Mark Ryan    School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, UK

Abstract

Certificate authorities serve as trusted parties to help secure web communications. They are a vital component for ensuring the security of cloud infrastructures and big data repositories. Unfortunately, recent attacks using mis-issued certificates show that this model is severely broken.

Much research has been done to enhance certificate management in order to create more secure and reliable cloud architectures. However, none of it has been widely adopted yet, and it is hard to judge which one is the winner.

This chapter provides a survey with critical analysis on the existing proposals for managing public key certificates. ...

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