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Applied Cryptography Engineering

  • Thomas Ptacek
  • July 22, 2013

If you’re reading this, you’re probably a red-blooded American programmer with a simmering interest in cryptography. And my guess is your interest came from Bruce Schneier’s Applied Cryptography.

Applied Cryptography is a deservedly famous book that lies somewhere between survey, pop-sci advocacy, and almanac. It taught two generations of software developers everything they know about crypto. It’s literate, readable, and ambitious. What’s not to love?

Just this: as an instruction manual, Applied Cryptography is dreadful. Even Schneier seems to concede the point…

Cryptography Engineering: Design Principles and Practical Applications (Review)

  • Ben Rothke
  • Security Management
  • December 1, 2010

Cryptography Engineering: Design Principles and Practical Applications. By Niels Ferguson et al; published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,; 384 pages; $55.

Good cryptography can ensure that your data is readable only to authorized parties. The danger of bad cryptography is a false sense of data security. The line between the two is exceptionally thin, and the difference between the two is spelled out in great detail in this text.

The first edition of coauthor Bruce Schneier’s Applied Cryptography came out in 1994. What was revolutionary then, and launched a new generation of security mavens, is now obsolete in many parts. …

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.