Jun 29, 2022  
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SEC 340 - Codes, Codemakers and Codebreakers - A Beginning Class for Cryptography


Prerequisites: SEC 200  SEC 205   and COMSC 110   or permission of instructor
This course is a historical introduction to the evolution of cryptography intended for a general audience. Introduction to technical terms and foundations of cryptography is accompanied by story-telling from the cipher of Mary Queen of Scots, to Vigenere cipher, then to cracking the enigma of WWI, then to Lorenz cipher and Colossus during WWII, till the potential Quantum cryptography. We follow the development of codes and code-breaking from military espionage in ancient Greece to deciphering hieroglyphics via the Rosetta stone to modern computer ciphers. Frequency analysis, one-time-pad security, and public key cryptography will be introduced in this course.

3 credits
Spring



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