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Finding additional cryptography resources
The projects in this topic all use some sort of cryptography. If you are familiar with terms
such as asymmetric cryptography, digital signatures, and message authentication codes,
then you should be OK. If not, you will still be able to complete the projects but you may
not appreciate the theory behind them.
As this is not a topic on cryptography, a primer here will not provide enough detail for a
beginner and will be woefully inadequate for someone familiar with the material. If crypto-
graphy is new to you, you can still proceed with the topic. In the beginning of each chapter,
there is some tailored background to explain the material, which should be enough for you
to understand what the project is trying to accomplish. Once complete, hopefully, you'll be
interested in cryptography and you can get more information from the following resources.
For a gentle introduction to the topic, Cryptography: A Very Short Introduction by Fred
Piper and Sean Murphy , Oxford University Press , 2002 , is good starting point. However,
as the title suggests, it lacks technical depth. Understanding Cryptography: A Textbook for
Students and Practitioners by Christof Paar et. al. , Springer, 2010 , is a more detailed in-
troduction. For the more inquisitive readers, Introduction to Modern Cryptography by
Jonathan Katz and Yehuda Lindell , Chapman and Hall/CRC , 2007 , is a good up-to-date
If lectures better suit you, you are in luck. Khan Academy has some interesting and free
mini-lectures covering ancient cryptography up to RSA ( https://www.khanacademy.org/
computing/computer-science/cryptography ). Another free resource is Coursera, which has
three cryptography classes, Cryptography I and II taught by Standford Professor Dan
Boneh, and a Cryptography class on modern cryptography taught by Jonathan Katz. The
links for these classes are https://www.coursera.org/course/crypto , ht-
tps://www.coursera.org/course/crypto2 , and https://www.coursera.org/course/cryptography ,
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