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The Origins of Web Security and the Birth of Security Socket Layer (SSL) Protocol
As people who live and breathe cybersecurity, at Exabeam we’re naturally fascinated by its history. In fact, we built a History of Cybersecurity 2019 Calendar to share our research. Each month features dates when significant events in cybersecurity occurred. This is the second blog in a series of posts featuring information on fascinating historical events in cybersecurity. You can read the first one here. If you think we missed an important fact (or didn’t get something quite right), please let us know. You can also share your feedback with us on Twitter. What is SSL and is it really secure? In July of 1995, with just a few clicks, a computer programmer ordered the first book ever sold by an online bookstore named after a river in South America called the Amazon. At the time, few realized how the internet and the information space named World Wide Web would change the lives of people forever. One of the things that made the internet revolution possible was a security protocol that allowed people to do novel things like buying books online using a secure payment. It all started when Taher Elgamal, an Egyptian cryptographer who was also the chief scientist at Netscape Communications, drove the development of the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) internet protocol.
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