Essays Tagged "Information Security Bulletin"

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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. It can keep vandals from altering your Web page and prevent industrial competitors from reading your confidential documents. And in the future, as commerce and communications continue to move to computer networks, cryptography will become more and more vital…

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.