Building Secure and Reliable Network Applications
Kenneth P. Birman
  • January 1996
  • ISBN 9781884777295
  • 591 pages
  • printed in black & white
This title is out of print and no longer for sale.

... a must read for anyone wishing to know the state of the art in reliability.

Dalia Malki, AT&T Labs

As the "network is the computer" slogan becomes reality so reliability and security of networked applications become more important. Not only are hospitals, air traffic control systems, and telephone networks becoming more networked, but business applications are increasingly based on the open world of the Internet. Stability in the face of minor accidents, software or hardware failures, or outright attack has become vital. This book provides a structured approach to the technologies currently available for building reliable solutions to these problems.

Building Secure and Reliable Network Applications reviews the most important network technologies from a security and reliability perspective and discusses the most effective solutions with an eye towards their application to real-world systems. Any computing professional who works with networked software will find this book valuable in understanding security and reliability vulnerabilities and how to address them.

What's inside:

  • Components of a reliable networked computing system
  • Reliability of Web and related Internet technologies
  • How and why networked systems fail
  • Techniques for making systems secure and reliable
  • Retrofitting reliability into existing applications

What's inside

  • Components of a reliable networked computing system
  • Reliability of Web and related Internet technologies
  • How and why networked systems fail
  • Techniques for making systems secure and reliable
  • Retrofitting reliability into existing applications

About the reader

Any computing professional who works with networked software will find this book valuable in understanding security and reliability vulnerabilities and how to address them.

About the author

Ken Birman is an authority on reliable and secure distributed computing and the lead developer of the ISIS system used by over 300 companies worldwide. A Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University, he is also Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Computer Systems.


... tackles the difficult problem of building reliable distributed computing systems in a way that not only presents the principles but also describes proven practical solutions.

John Warne, BNR Europe