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This practical guide to modern encryption breaks down the fundamental mathematical concepts at the heart of cryptography without shying away from meaty discussions of how they work. You’ll learn about authenticated encryption, secure randomness, hash functions, block ciphers, and public-key techniques such as RSA and elliptic curve cryptography.

You’ll also learn:
– Key concepts in cryptography, such as computational security, attacker models, and forward secrecy
– The strengths and limitations of the TLS protocol behind HTTPS secure websites
– Quantum computation and post-quantum cryptography
– About various vulnerabilities by examining numerous code examples and use cases
– How to choose the best algorithm or protocol and ask vendors the right questions

Each chapter includes a discussion of common implementation mistakes using real-world examples and details what could go wrong and how to avoid these pitfalls. 

Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or a beginner looking to dive into the field, Serious Cryptography will provide a complete survey of modern encryption and its applications.

From the Publisher

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‘Superb’

“A superb introduction to modern encryption and cryptography. For those looking to quickly get up to speed on the topics, this makes for an excellent go-to guide.”

—Ben Rothke, RSA Conference

‘Thoroughly Recommend’

“For those who really want to understand how cryptography works, and who need to use it in practice, I thoroughly recommend Serious Cryptography.”

—Martijn Grooten, Virus Bulletin

‘Impressive’

“Impressive in its breadth … the state of the art in applied cryptography is distilled here in a mere 282 pages.”

—Federico Lucifredi, The Hub

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About the Author

Jean-Philippe (JP) Aumasson is the Chief Security Officer and cofounder of Taurus Group, a Swiss financial tech company specializing in digital assets infrastructure. Since 2006, he has authored more than 60 research articles in the field of cryptography and designed the widely used hash functions BLAKE2 and SipHash. He speaks regularly at information security conferences and has presented at Black Hat, DEF CON, Troopers, and ­Infiltrate.

Who Should Read This Book

While writing, Aumasson often imagined the reader as a developer who’d been exposed to crypto but still felt clueless and frustrated after attempting to read abstruse textbooks and research papers. Developers often need — and want — a better grasp of crypto to avoid unfortunate design choices, and Aumasson hoped this book would help. But if you aren’t a developer, don’t worry! The book doesn’t require any coding skills, and is accessible to anyone who understands the basics of computer science and college-level math (notions of probabilities, modular arithmetic, and so on). This book can nonetheless be intimidating, and despite its relative accessibility, it requires some effort to get the most out of it. We like the mountaineering analogy: the author paves the way, providing you with ropes and ice axes to facilitate your work, but you make the ascent yourself. Learning the concepts in this book will take an effort, but there will be a reward at the end.

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About the Publisher

No Starch Press has published the finest in geek entertainment since 1994, creating both timely and timeless titles like Python Crash Course, Python for Kids, How Linux Works, and Hacking: The Art of Exploitation. An independent, San Francisco-based publishing company, No Starch Press focuses on a curated list of well-crafted books that make a difference. They publish on many topics, including computer programming, cybersecurity, operating systems, and LEGO. The titles have personality, the authors are passionate experts, and all the content goes through extensive editorial and technical reviews. Long known for its fun, fearless approach to technology, No Starch Press has earned wide support from STEM enthusiasts worldwide.

Publisher ‏ : ‎ No Starch Press (November 6, 2017)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 312 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1593278268
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1593278267
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.28 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.06 x 0.71 x 9.19 inches