Essays: 1997 Archives

The Challenge of Cryptography

  • Bruce Schneier
  • Software Magazine
  • November 1997

Never underestimate the time and effort attackers will expend to thwart your security systems.These days, security is on the minds of anyone involved in building or using information systems. After all, every form of commerce has had its share of fraud, from farmers rigging their weight scales to counterfeiters passing off phony currency. Electronic commerce is no exception, with fraud taking the form of forgery, misrepresentation, and denial of service. And it doesn't stop with electronic transactions.

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Why Cryptography Is Harder Than It Looks

  • Bruce Schneier
  • Information Security Bulletin
  • 1997

From e-mail to cellular communications, from secure Web access to digital cash, cryptography is an essential part of today's information systems. Cryptography helps provide accountability, fairness, accuracy, and confidentiality. It can prevent fraud in electronic commerce and assure the validity of financial transactions. It can prove your identity or protect your anonymity.

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Cryptography, Security and the Future

  • Bruce Schneier
  • Communications of the ACM
  • January 1997

French translation

From e-mail to cellular communications, from secure Web access to digital cash, cryptography is an essential part of today's information systems. Cryptography helps provide accountability, fairness, accuracy, and confidentiality. It can prevent fraud in electronic commerce and assure the validity of financial transactions. It can protect your anonymity or prove your identity.

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Cryptographie, sécurité et l'avenir

  • Bruce Schneier
  • Communiqués de l'ACM
  • January 1997

Translated by Fernandes Gilbert

Des communications par courrier électronique aux cellulaires, des accès protégés sur Internet à l'argent numérique, la cryptographie est une composante essentielle des systèmes d'information actuels. La cryptographie permet d'obtenir comptabilité, justice, précision et confidentialité. Elle empêche la fraude au sein du commerce électronique et assure la validité des transactions financières. Elle peut protéger votre anonymat ou bien prouver votre identité.

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