Course Details

942: Cybersecurity Fundamentals: Understanding the Evolution of Cryptology

July 12, 13, 14, 16
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

This course will explore the history of cryptography, the use of ciphers and codes to protect secrets, and cryptoanalysis, the breaking of those secrets, from ancient to modern times and beyond. For instance, learn how Mary Queen of Scotts lost her head due to a broken secret and the significance of the Engima during World War II. At the heart of cybersecurity, we will cover fundamental terminology and how encryption/decryption methods work such as pseudorandomness, block/stream ciphers, private-key (DES/AES), public-key (RSA), hashing (MD5), digital signatures (DSA), algorithmic number theory, political aspects, and quantum computing/communications.

Class Type: Lecture and Discussion

Class Format: Online

Hours of Reading: Less than 1 hour/session

Study Group Leader(s):

Douglas Kelly

Douglas Kelly is currently a Senior Professional Staff at the Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory and has taught at multiple universities over the past decade. He is an American University alum and has a PhD in Computer Science from the Air Force Institute of Technology and an MBA from Yale.

Reading List:

The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography (Simon Singh) | 2000: Anchor | ISBN: ISBN-10: 0385495353 | Recommended