This is a class for those who want to stop learning about building cryptographic systems and want to attack them. This course is a mixture of lectures designed to introduce students to a variety of code-breaking techniques and python labs to solidify those concepts. Unlike its sister class, Core Concepts, math is necessary for this topic. Don't have a math degree? A basic understanding of algebra is sufficient - the mathematical principles that are necessary for understanding are included in the lecture. Knowledge of programming is also necessary, and knowledge of python is very helpful. The class covers:
Intro to attacks using human-computable crypto
Number theory and abstract algebra primer
Attacks on RSA
Discrete logarithm attacks
Symmetric system constructs
Integral cryptanalysis on reduced AES
Understand how cryptanalysis is used to break cryptography.
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.