COMP 431: Cryptography

Course Information


This course introduces the formal foundations of cryptography and also investigates some well-known standards and protocols.


The intended audience is senior undergraduate and beginning graduate students. The course will include topics selected from the following: information-theoretic security, private key encryption, DES, public key encryption, background on modular arithmetic, RSA, hashing, and message authentication codes (MACs), digital signatures, DSS, key distribution and management, PGP, network security, and Fiat-Shamir protocol.


Students will understand how and why cryptography is used and the theory behind it.


See the Current Course Syllabi.