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Practical Cryptography in Python

Learning Correct Cryptography by Example

Authors: Nielson, Seth, Monson, Christopher

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  • Teaches you the basics of writing Python programs that use cryptography
  • Offers clear guidance on the correct use of cryptography in a landscape where good advice is hard to come by
  • Provides examples of bad cryptography along with source code that breaks it
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About this book

Develop a greater intuition for the proper use of cryptography. This book teaches the basics of writing cryptographic algorithms in Python, demystifies cryptographic internals, and demonstrates common ways cryptography is used incorrectly.

Cryptography is the lifeblood of the digital world’s security infrastructure. From governments around the world to the average consumer, most communications are protected in some form or another by cryptography. These days, even Google searches are encrypted. Despite its ubiquity, cryptography is easy to misconfigure, misuse, and misunderstand.

Developers building cryptographic operations into their applications are not typically experts in the subject, and may not fully grasp the implication of different algorithms, modes, and other parameters. The concepts in this book are largely taught by example, including incorrect uses of cryptography and how "bad" cryptography can be broken. By digging into the guts of cryptography, you can experience what works, what doesn't, and why.


What You’ll Learn

  • Understand where cryptography is used, why, and how it gets misused
  • Know what secure hashing is used for and its basic properties
  • Get up to speed on algorithms and modes for block ciphers such as AES, and see how bad configurations break
  • Use message integrity and/or digital signatures to protect messages
  • Utilize modern symmetric ciphers such as AES-GCM and CHACHA
  • Practice the basics of public key cryptography, including ECDSA signatures
  • Discover how RSA encryption can be broken if insecure padding is used
  • Employ TLS connections for secure communications
  • Find out how certificates work and modern improvements such as certificate pinning and certificate transparency (CT) logs


Who This Book Is For

IT administrators and software developers familiar with Python. Although readers may have some knowledge of cryptography, the book assumes that the reader is starting from scratch. 

About the authors

Dr. Seth James Nielson is the founder and chief scientist of Crimson Vista, Inc., a boutique computer security research and consulting company. He is also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University where he teaches network security and has also served as the director of advanced research projects at the Information Security Institute. As part of his Hopkins work, he co-founded the cryptodoneright.org knowledge base, through a generous grant from Cisco. 

Christopher K. Monson has a PhD in machine learning, and has spent over a decade at Google in various engineering, machine learning, and leadership roles. He has broad experience writing and teaching programming courses in multiple languages, and has worked in document password recovery, malware detection, and large-scale secure computing. He is currently serving as the chief technology officer at Data Machines Corp. and teaches cloud computing security as a lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $29.99
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $37.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4842-4899-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Practical Cryptography in Python
Book Subtitle
Learning Correct Cryptography by Example
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Apress
Copyright Holder
Seth James Nielson, Christopher K. Monson
eBook ISBN
978-1-4842-4900-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4842-4900-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4842-4899-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 371
Number of Illustrations
39 b/w illustrations
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