The Changing Face of Cryptography

  • Fred Piper
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-03688-0_2

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5703)
Cite this paper as:
Piper F. (2009) The Changing Face of Cryptography. In: Ho A.T.S., Shi Y.Q., Kim H.J., Barni M. (eds) Digital Watermarking. IWDW 2009. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 5703. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


The last few decades have seen cryptography ‘transform’ from a black art - practised mainly by governments, the military and a few financial organisations - to a popular science that is widely taught as an academic subject and features in a number of popular novels and films.

At the same time, cryptographic services have become much more widely used and are now a central feature of many e-commerce and other business applications. In this talk we will look at how technological advances have led to improved algorithm design and how the concept of public key cryptography has dramatically increased the range of cryptographic services that are available.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fred Piper
    • 1
  1. 1.Information Security GroupUniversity of LondonEghamUK

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