National CAE Designated Institution
  • Online, Instructor-Led
Course Description
  • Cryptographic applications
  • Classical ciphers and their analysis
  • Symmetric key cryptography
  • Block ciphers
  • Stream ciphers
  • Modes of operations
  • Cryptographic hash functions
  • Message authentication codes
  • Public key cryptography
  • Encryption and digital signature schemes
  • Key agreement protocols
  • Real life deployments and standardization efforts

Learning Objectives

  1. Define the security of fundamental cryptographic primitives and systems.
  2. Analyze security of symmetric and public key schemes, hash functions, message authentication codes and cryptographic protocols.
  3. Define and apply generic cryptanalysis methods including brute force, frequency analysis, meet-in-the-middle.
  4. Examine symmetric key encryption functions: Classical ciphers, stream ciphers, block ciphers.
  5. Identify applications and real-life deployment of cryptographic constructions.
  6. Develop software skills for implementing cryptographic algorithms and for analyzing their security.
  7. State basic probabilistic and statistical notions and apply this knowledge in cryptanalysis.

Framework Connections

The materials within this course focus on the Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs) identified within the Specialty Areas listed below. Click to view Specialty Area details within the interactive National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.

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