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William J.I Buchanan

River Publishers

c/o Stylus Publishing, Inc.

22883 Quicksilver Drive, Sterling, VA 20166-2012

9788793379107, $67.00, HC, 350pp,

Synopsis: Cryptography is the practice and study of techniques for secure communication in the presence of third parties called adversaries.[More generally, cryptography is about constructing and analyzing protocols that prevent third parties or the public from reading private messages; various aspects in information security such as data confidentiality, data integrity, authentication, and non-repudiation are central to modern cryptography. (Wikipedia)

Cryptography has proven to be one of the most contentious areas in modern society. For some, it protects the rights of individuals to privacy and security. For others, it puts up barriers against the protection of our society. In the pages of "Cryptography", Professor William J. Buchanan (School of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University, UK) aims to develop a deep understanding of cryptography and provide understanding of how privacy, identity provision, and integrity can be enhanced with the usage of encryption.

"Cryptography" has many novel features including: full provision of web-based material on almost every topic covered; provision of additional on-line material such as videos, source code, and labs; and coverage of emerging areas such as Blockchain, Light-weight Cryptography, and Zero-knowledge Proofs.

Key areas covered "Cryptography" include: Fundamentals of Encryption, Public Key Encryption, Symmetric Key Encryption, Hashing Methods, Key Exchange Methods, Digital Certificates and Authentication, Tunneling, Crypto Cracking, Light-weight Cryptography, Blockchain, and Zero-knowledge Proofs. Of special note is the extensive support through the associated website of: by "Cryptography".

Critique: Comprehensive, informative, exceptionally well organized and presented,

"Cryptography" is an extraordinary work of truly impressive scholarship from beginning to end. "Cryptography" is an absolutely essential and unreservedly recommended addition to professional, corporate, governmental, community, and academic library Cryptology collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

Micah Andrew


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Date:Dec 1, 2017
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