Digitally signed transcripts
Spinar, Kevin M.
Wagner, Paul J.
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Every year, millions of college transcripts are printed and sent through the postal system. These transcripts could be sent almost instantaneously by email with virtually no cost. However, e-mail is generally viewed as an insecure medium of exchange, allowing others to intercept messages and possibly modify their content. The purpose of this research is to develop a method to send transcripts securely over the internet using digital signatures. Digital signatures have successfully been used to validate the authenticity of electronic documents, software, and e-mails. A digital signature is created by applying a private key, known only to the document creator, to the document, which ensures the integrity of the contents. As long as the transcript has been digitally-signed, even if it is sent over an insecure medium such as e-mail, the receiver can be confident that the transcript itself is secure. The focus of this project is to create a system that will read in student transcript information, generate a document, apply a signature, and transmit the secured document to the intended receiver.
Grading and marking (Students)
Electronic mail messages
Electronic mail systems--Security measures
Universities and colleges--Computer networks--Security measures
Color poster with text and illustrations describing research conducted by Kevin M. Spinar advised by Paul J. Wagner.