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Cryptography Engineering: Design Principles and Practical Applications

Cryptography Engineering: Design Principles and Practical Applications

Cryptography Engineering: Design Principles and Practical Applications
By Niels Ferguson, Bruce Schneier, Tadayoshi Kohno

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Book Description

The ultimate guide to cryptography, updated from an author team of the world's top cryptography experts.

Cryptography is vital to keeping information safe, in an era when the formula to do so becomes more and more challenging. Written by a team of world-renowned cryptography experts, this essential guide is the definitive introduction to all major areas of cryptography: message security, key negotiation, and key management. You'll learn how to think like a cryptographer. You'll discover techniques for building cryptography into products from the start and you'll examine the many technical changes in the field.

After a basic overview of cryptography and what it means today, this indispensable resource covers such topics as block ciphers, block modes, hash functions, encryption modes, message authentication codes, implementation issues, negotiation protocols, and more. Helpful examples and hands-on exercises enhance your understanding of the multi-faceted field of cryptography.

  • An author team of internationally recognized cryptography experts updates you on vital topics in the field of cryptography
  • Shows you how to build cryptography into products from the start
  • Examines updates and changes to cryptography
  • Includes coverage on key servers, message security, authentication codes, new standards, block ciphers, message authentication codes, and more

Cryptography Engineering gets you up to speed in the ever-evolving field of cryptography.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #64109 in Books
  • Brand: Niels Ferguson Bruce Schneier
  • Published on: 2010-03-15
  • Released on: 2010-02-26
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.00" h x .90" w x 7.20" l, 1.24 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 384 pages


  • Cryptography Engineering Design Principles and Practical Applications

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover
Learn to build cryptographic protocols that work in the real world

Knowing how a camera works does not make you a great photographer. Knowing what cryptographic designs are and how existing cryptographic protocols work does not give you proficiency in using cryptography. You must learn to think like a cryptographer.

That is what this book will teach you. Dive deeply into specific, concrete cryptographic protocols and learn why certain decisions were made. Recognize the challenges and how to overcome them. With this book, which is suitable for both classroom and self-study, you will learn to use cryptography effectively in real-world systems.

  • Understand what goes into designing cryptographic protocols

  • Develop an understanding of the interface between cryptography and the surrounding system, including people, economics, hardware, software, ethics, policy, and other aspects of the real world

  • Look beyond the security protocol to see weaknesses in the surrounding system

  • Thwart the adversary by understanding how adversaries think

  • Learn how to build cryptography into new products

About the Author
Niels Ferguson is a cryptographer for Microsoft who has designed and implemented cryptographic algorithms, protocols, and large-scale security infrastructures.

Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist whose advice is sought by business, government, and the media. He is the author of Applied Cryptography, Secrets and Lies, and Schneier on Security.

Tadayoshi Kohno is a professor at the University of Washington. He is known for his research and for developing innovative new approaches to cryptography and computer security education.

Customer Reviews

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
5Great book for engineers
By Chris
If you are an engineer, and deal with data transfer or in that general field, I would suggest this book. It is very well written, and I notice it's not targeted specially toward someone majoring in cryptography, but also captures the engineering audience. Very good read. Another pro is the authors display their experience by presenting real world scenerios.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5Great book! Buy it!
By Kevin Riggs
Outstanding book on this topic. Recent publication (as of this writing). Great background on advanced topics from leading public minds.

I highly recommend this as a basis for a practical understanding if you missed these topics in school. I cannot imagine a better treatment of cryptography engineering.

Includes chapters that delve into the details of the foundational mathematical framework for current cryptography.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5Win-win Christmas gift !
By Morris Miller
Christmas gift....much appreciated, he sat up late that night reading it!

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