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Understanding Cryptography

A Textbook for Students and Practitioners

Authors: Paar, Christof, Pelzl, Jan

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About this Textbook

Cryptography is now ubiquitous – moving beyond the traditional environments, such as government communications and banking systems, we see cryptographic techniques realized in Web browsers, e-mail programs, cell phones, manufacturing systems, embedded software, smart buildings, cars, and even medical implants. Today's designers need a comprehensive understanding of applied cryptography.

After an introduction to cryptography and data security, the authors explain the main techniques in modern cryptography, with chapters addressing stream ciphers, the Data Encryption Standard (DES) and 3DES, the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), block ciphers, the RSA cryptosystem, public-key cryptosystems based on the discrete logarithm problem, elliptic-curve cryptography (ECC), digital signatures, hash functions, Message Authentication Codes (MACs), and methods for key establishment, including certificates and public-key infrastructure (PKI). Throughout the book, the authors focus on communicating the essentials and keeping the mathematics to a minimum, and they move quickly from explaining the foundations to describing practical implementations, including recent topics such as lightweight ciphers for RFIDs and mobile devices, and current key-length recommendations.

The authors have considerable experience teaching applied cryptography to engineering and computer science students and to professionals, and they make extensive use of examples, problems, and chapter reviews, while the book’s website offers slides, projects and links to further resources. This is a suitable textbook for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses and also for self-study by engineers.

About the authors

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christof Paar has the Chair for Embedded Security at the University of Bochum, Germany, and is Adjunct Professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA. Prof. Paar has taught cryptography for 15 years to engineering and computer science students in the US and in Europe, and he has taught many industrial practitioners at organizations such as Motorola, Philips and NASA. He has more than 100 publications in applied cryptography and is a cofounder of the Workshop on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems (CHES), the key academic event in this field.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. January Pelzl started his career at Bosch Telecom GmbH. He has a Ph.D. in applied cryptography, and as a researcher he investigated the practical aspects of elliptic-curve-based cryptography and cryptanalysis. He has published extensively about his theoretical and industrial work through leading international conferences and journals, and he has taught many IT security and cryptography courses in industry. He was the Managing Director of "ESCRYPT GmbH" in Bochum. Since January 2015 he is the professor of  "Computer Security" in Hochschule Hamm-Lippstadt.

The authors' website (http://www.crypto-textbook.com/) provides extensive notes, slides, video lectures; the authors' YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1usFRN4LCMcfIV7UjHNuQg) includes video lectures.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"The authors have succeeded in creating a highly valuable introduction to the subject of applied cryptography. I hope that it can serve as a guide for practitioners to build more secure systems based on cryptography, and as a stepping stone for future researchers to explore the exciting world of cryptography and its applications." (Bart Preneel, K.U.Leuven)

"The material is very well presented so it is clear to understand. The necessary amount of mathematics is used and complete yet simple examples are used by the authors to help the reader understand the topics. ... [The authors] appear to fully understand the concepts and follow a very good pedagogical process that helps the reader not only understand the different topics but motivate you to perform some of the exercises at the end of each chapter and browse some of the reference materials. I fully recommend this book to any software developer/designer working or considering working on a project that requires security." (John Canessa)

“The book presents a panoramic of modern Cryptography with a view to practical applications. … The book is well written, many examples and figures through it illustrate the theory and the book’s website offers links and supplementary information. The book also discusses the implementation in software and hardware of the main algorithms described.” (Juan Tena Ayuso, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1190, 2010)


Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction to Cryptography and Data Security

    Paar, Christof (et al.)

    Pages 1-27

  • Stream Ciphers

    Paar, Christof (et al.)

    Pages 29-54

  • The Data Encryption Standard (DES) and Alternatives

    Paar, Christof (et al.)

    Pages 55-86

  • The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)

    Paar, Christof (et al.)

    Pages 87-121

  • More About Block Ciphers

    Paar, Christof (et al.)

    Pages 123-148

Buy this book

eBook $34.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-04101-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Download immediately after purchase
Hardcover $49.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-04100-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $49.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-44649-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Understanding Cryptography
Book Subtitle
A Textbook for Students and Practitioners
Authors
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-04101-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-04101-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-04100-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-44649-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 372
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