Title page for ETD etd-05132002-122951

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Wagner, Edward Dishman
URN etd-05132002-122951
Title Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) And Virtual Private Network (VPN) Compared Using An Utility Function And The Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP)
Degree Master of Arts
Department Economics
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Waud, Roger N. Committee Chair
Lutton, Thomas J. Committee Member
Theroux, Richard Committee Member
  • VPN
  • PKI
  • Utility Function AHP
Date of Defense 2002-04-22
Availability unrestricted
This paper compares two technologies, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and Virtual Private Network (VPN). PKI and VPN are two approaches currently in use to resolve the problem of securing data in computer networks. Making this comparison difficult is the lack of available data. Additionally, an organization will make their decision based on circumstances unique to their information security needs. Therefore, this paper will illustrate a method using a utility function and the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) to determine which technology is better under a hypothetical set of circumstances. This paper will explain each technology, establish parameters for a hypothetical comparison, and discuss the capabilities and limitations of both technologies.
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