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Using x.509 for e-mail encryption

Is there a good place to find out the status of being able to encrypt Internet e-mail? It sounds like x.509 certificates are the way to go, until we spoke with our analysts, META, and they said X.509 is still not ready for prime time.

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Here are a couple books you can refer to:

Marshall Rose and David Strom, Internet Messaging, Prentice Hall, 1998, ISBN 0139786104.

Bruce Schneier, E-Mail Security: How to Keep Your Electronic Messages Private, John Wiley & Sons, 1995. ISBN 047105318X

And here are some columns I've written on the subject:
  • Other solutions for secure e-mail
  • Remote e-mail access
  • Think your e-mail is secure? Think again
  • E-mail security: Why don't we bother?
  • E-mail security, part two: Speed bumps

    For more information on this topic, visit these other searchSecurity resources:
    Online Event Archive: E-mail security with Fred Avolio
    Tech Tip: E-mail security issues
    Best Web Links: Encryption

    This was first published in March 2002

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