Chapter 21. Conclusions and Further Reading

The purpose of this chapter is to provide a summary of the significant issues discussed in Part II and to supply suggestions for further reading.


Part II of this book has concentrated on some of the more significant standards activities related to PKI protocols, services, and information. Part II has explored the role of these standards and has supplied a snapshot of the current state of these standards.

Part II has noted that not all standards are “created equal”; by design, some standards (for example, X.509) require profiling. This part also has emphasized the need for interoperability testing to ensure multivendor interoperability and has introduced a number of industry initiatives related ...

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