Synopses & Reviews
Cryptography is a vital technology that underpins the security of information in computer networks. This book presents a comprehensive introduction to the role that cryptography plays in providing information security for technologies such as the Internet, mobile phones, payment cards, and wireless local area networks. Focusing on the fundamental principles that ground modern cryptography as they arise in modern applications, it avoids both an over-reliance on transient current technologies and over-whelming theoretical research.
Everyday Cryptography is a self-contained and widely accessible introductory text. Almost no prior knowledge of mathematics is required since the book deliberately avoids the details of the mathematical techniques underpinning cryptographic mechanisms, though a short appendix is included for those looking for a deeper appreciation of some of the concepts involved. By the end of this book, the reader will not only be able to understand the practical issues concerned with the deployment of cryptographic mechanisms, including the management of cryptographic keys, but will also be able to interpret future developments in this fascinating and increasingly important area of technology.
About the Author
Prof. Keith Martin is Director of the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway, University of London. An active member of the cryptographic research community, hem also has considerable experience in teaching cryptography to non-mathematical students, including industrial courses and young audiences. Since 2004 he has led the introductory cryptography module on Royal Holloway's pioneering MSc Information Security.
Table of Contents
1. Preface
2. Basic Principles
3. Historical Cryptosystems
4. Theoretical versus Practical Security
5. Symmetric Encryption
6. Public-Key Encryption
7. Data Integrity
8. Digital Signature Schemes
9. Entity Authentication
10. Cryptographic Protocols
11. Key Management
12. Public-Key Management
13. Cryptographic Associations
14. Closing Remarks
Mathematics Appendix