10 breakthroughs in IT security

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Secure Sockets Layer (SSL): Egyptian-born cryptographer Taher Elgamal, chief scientist at Netscape Communications in the mid-nineties, devised SSL to provide privacy by encrypting communications between Web browsers and servers, promoting confidence in Web e-commerce. SSL also represents the first time that arcane encryption technologies based on crypto algorithms and certificates achieved popular, mass-market use by the general public.

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