Understanding & Programming Cryptography

Saturday, April 12, 2003 - 9:00am
MIT Room 34-101
Simson Garfinkel

Cryptography is a fundamental component of any secure system, but it is often not well understood. You have probably heard about encryption --- DES, RSA, DSA, and all that stuff. You know that there's encryption in your web browser and you've heard about Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), but want to know how to build software using it. In this seminar, he will explain the fundamentals of cryptography and show how to add encryption capabilities to your programs.

Seminar in Detail: 
  • Encryption history and practice
  • Encryption algorithms: DES, RSA, RC2, RC4, Blowfish, etc.
  • Analyzing tradeoffs between algorithms
  • Combining encryption algorithms in working cryptosystems
  • Cryptographic Tools
  • Programming with OpenSSL
  • Sample programs and exercises will be distributed in the workshop session.
    (Option - bring laptop with 802.11 wireless or Ethernet connectivity or CDROM drive)
Advanced Registration Price: $80.00 Good until Monday, 04/07/2003

Regular Price: $90.00

Simson L. Garfinkel is a researcher in the field of computer security and commentator on information technology. He is currently a graduate student at the Laboratory for Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is working on his doctorate. Prior to joining LCS, Garfinkel founded Sandstorm Enterprises, a computer security firm that develops offensive information warfare tools used by businesses and governments to audit their systems. Garfinkel's popular articles have appeared in more than 50 publications including ComputerWorld, Forbes, The Nation, The New York Times, Omni and Discover and The Boston Globe. Garfinkel is the author or co-author of twelve books on computing.

Title: Web Security, Privacy & Commerce, 2nd Edition
Author(s): Simson Garfinkel, With Gene Spafford
Publisher: O'Reilly
List price: $44.95
PDS price: $30.00
Title: Practical Unix and Internet Security, 3rd Edition
Author(s): Simson Garfinkel, Gene Spafford, Alan Schwartz
Publisher: O'Reilly
List price: $44.95
PDS price: $30.00
Title: Network Security with OpenSSL
Author(s): John Viega, Matt Messier, Pravir Chandra
Publisher: O'Reilly
List price: $39.95
PDS price: $25.00
Peter Mager (p.mager@computer.org)

MIT is at 77 Massachusetts Avenue, just on the north side of Memorial Drive(on the north shore of the Charles River), in Cambridge, MA.

Map showing the MIT campus. The red building is Bldg. 34; the Kendall T-Station is on Main Street off the right side of the map.

Building 34 is located on Vassar Street about half way between Main Street and Massachusetts Ave. It is a small square building turned 45 degrees to the street so it may look like a diamond, especially with a glass atrium entrance. Building 34 is set back a few yards from the street and the line of other buildings. It is between buildings 36 and 38.

Parking: Vassar Street on the other side of Mass Ave has a parking lot, a garage, and plenty of spaces on the street. MIT West Annex Lot and West Garage

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