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November 2005

Secure Reads: Contemporary Cryptography

Contemporary Cryptography By Rolf Oppliger Artech House, 503 pages, $99.95 In the increasingly large infosecurity bookshelf, few titles are considered best of breed. Contemporary Cryptography may well be the next classic reference book in cryptography, following in the footsteps of Bruce Schneier's Applied Cryptography. @exb Contemporary Cryptography @exe While not necessarily needing to prove that the probability of an attack against a particular public key algorithm is below a quantifiable minimum, the average infosecurity pro should understand the theoretical underpinnings of different cryptographic algorithms in the evaluation of competing cryptographic APIs--included material in Contemporary Cryptography. It won't make an expert out of the lay reader, but marginally experienced and interested infosecurity pros will certainly benefit from the text's attention to detail and well-written prose. The chapters of Contemporary Cryptography brim with discrete mathematics, probability theory, information theory and formal algorithms...

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