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Time Management in Information Security

Time Management in Information Security
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Author(s): Göran Pulkkis (Arcada Polytechnic, Finland)and Kaj J. Grahn (Arcada Polytechnic, Finland)
Copyright: 2003
Pages: 4
Source title: Information Technology & Organizations: Trends, Issues, Challenges & Solutions
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-066-0.ch133
ISBN13: 9781616921248
EISBN13: 9781466665330


This paper surveys essential time management issues in information security. The generation and distribution of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the certified, reliable common international time source, is outlined. The theoretical and methodological foundations of secure time synchronization of computer network device clocks are presented. Necessary fault tolerant features in time synchronization protocols are pointed out. The Internet standard for time synchronization of network computer clocks, the Network Time Protocol (NTP) and the emerging security features of NTP are briefly described. Time stamping protocols, time stamping renewal protocols, time stamping technology, and time stamping services are shortly surveyed. The role of time stamping in implementing reliable digital archives with persistent information integrity is pointed out. A recently launched pilot project on processing and archiving PKI certified digital documents in the administration of Arcada Polytechnic is presented.

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