Lesson/Domain 3 -- Security School: Training for CISSP Certification

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Lesson/Domain 3: Cryptography
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Cryptography enables the protection of security assets through the transformation of clear text to unreadable form. In this Security School webcast with expert Shon Harris, learn how cryptography, its components, methods and uses, are used to store and transmit messages safely.

Cryptography -- the transformation of clear text method to unreadable form -- is the method we use to store and transmit messages safely, so that only the intended recipient can read them. This Domain Spotlight provides an overview of the history of cryptography and the many complex, imaginative approaches that are used to accomplish this task. The following topics are covered:

  • Cryptography background: evolution, historical uses, current industry status
  • Cryptography components: components and their relationships
  • Cryptography methods and uses: keys, algorithms, symmetric versus asymmetric approaches, PKI concepts and mechanisms, hashing and uses.

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About Shon Harris:

Shon Harris is a CISSP, MCSE and President of Logical Security, a firm specializing in security educational and training tools. Logical Security offers curriculum, virtual labs, instructor slides and tools for lease by training companies, security companies, military organizations, government sectors and corporations.

Shon is also a security consultant, an engineer in the Air Force's Information Warfare unit, an entrepreneur and an author. She has authored two best selling CISSP books, including CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, and was a contributing author to the book Hacker's Challenge. Shon is currently finishing her newest book, Gray Hat Hacking: The Ethical Hacker's Handbook.

CISSP® is a registered certification mark of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc., also known as ISC(2). 

This was first published in October 2004

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