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Cryptography : A Very Short Introduction - Fred Piper


A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 30th May 2002
ISBN: 9780192803153
Number Of Pages: 160

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This book is a clear and informative introduction to cryptography and data protection - subjects of considerable social and political importance. It explains what algorithms do, how they are used, the risks associated with using them, and why governments should be concerned. Important areas are highlighted, such as Stream Ciphers, block ciphers, public key algorithms, digital signatures, and applications such as e-commerce. This book highlights the explosive impact of cryptography on modern society, with, for example, the evolution of the internet and the introduction of more sophisticated banking methods. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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`a perfect pocket primer for anybody interested in cryptography.' Simon Singh

Introductionp. 1
Understanding cryptographyp. 7
Historical algorithms: simple examplesp. 18
Unbreakable ciphers?p. 52
Modern algorithmsp. 60
Practical securityp. 75
Uses of cryptographyp. 85
Key managementp. 107
Cryptography in everyday lifep. 125
References and further readingp. 135
Indexp. 139
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ISBN: 9780192803153
ISBN-10: 0192803158
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 30th May 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.7 x 11.3  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.14

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