Title page for ETD etd-121898-154156

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Varma, Nitesh
Author's Email Address nvarma@erols.com
URN etd-121898-154156
Title Secure Network-Centric Application Access
Degree Master of Science
Department Mechanical Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Bohn, Jan Helge Committee Chair
Myklebust, Arvid Committee Member
Sewell, Lawrence Committee Member
  • Internet
  • WWW
  • Security
  • Cryptography
  • Java
  • Client-Server
Date of Defense 1998-09-17
Availability restricted
In the coming millennium, the establishment of virtual enterprises will become increasingly

common. In the engineering sector, global competition will require corporations to create

agile partnerships to use each other's engineering resources in mutually profitable ways.

The Internet offers a medium for accessing such resources in a globally networked environment.

However, remote access of resources require a secure and mutually trustable environment, which

is lacking in the basic infrastructure on which the Internet is based. Fortunately, efforts

are under way to provide the required security services on the Internet. This thesis presents

a model for making distributed engineering software tools accessible via the Internet. The

model consists of an extensible client-server system interfaced with the engineering software

tool on the server-side. The system features robust security support based on public-key and

symmetric cryptography. The system has been demonstrated by providing Web-based access to a

.STL file repair program through a Java-enabled Web browser.

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