Security is the number one concern for businesses worldwide. The gold standard for attaining security is cryptography because it provides the most reliable tools for storing or transmitting digital information. Written by Niels Ferguson, lead cryptographer for Counterpane, Bruce Schneier’s security company, and Bruce Schneier himself, this is the much anticipated follow-up book to Schneier’s seminal encyclopedic reference, Applied Cryptography, Second Edition (0-471-11709-9), which has sold more than 150,000 copies.

In this book you will find the detailed analysis of the following topics:

  • Rules for choosing cryptographic primitives, from block ciphers to digital signatures
  • Implementing cryptographic algorithms
  • A design methodology for required security levels
  • Use cryptographic interfaces to reduce system complexity

Niels Ferguson (Amsterdam, Netherlands) is a cryptographic engineer and consultant at Counterpane Internet Security. He has extensive experience in the creation and design of security algorithms, protocols, and multinational security infrastructures. Previously, Ferguson was a cryptographer for DigiCash and CWI. At CWI he developed the first generation of off-line payment protocols. He has published numerous scientific papers.

Bruce Schneier (Minneapolis, MN) is Founder and Chief Technical Officer at Counterpane Internet Security, a managed-security monitoring company. Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a “security guru” by The Economist.

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