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Everyday Cryptography: Fundamental Principles and Applications

Everyday Cryptography: Fundamental Principles and Applications [Kindle Edition]

Keith M. Martin
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It is a very leisurely reading, well-structured and very detailed. It does not assume any mathematical knowledge, making it suitable for being used as a manual for a course on introduction to cryptography. (Vicente Muñoz, the European Mathematical Society)

On a page per page basis it actually represents great value, and should achieve a long shelf life as both textbook and good reference source In terms of a score; for students a 9.5, practitioners 8.5 and general interest readers 8.5, giving an overall average of 9/10. Overall, an excellent book. (Mike Rees MBCS CITP, The British Computer Society)

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Cryptography is a vital technology that underpins the security of information in computer networks. This book presents a comprehensive introduction to the role that cryptography plays in providing information security for technologies such as the Internet, mobile phones, payment cards, and wireless local area networks. Focusing on the fundamental principles that ground modern cryptography as they arise in modern applications, it avoids both an over-reliance on transient current
technologies and over-whelming theoretical research.

Everyday Cryptography is a self-contained and widely accessible introductory text. Almost no prior knowledge of mathematics is required since the book deliberately avoids the details of the mathematical techniques underpinning cryptographic mechanisms, though a short appendix is included for those looking for a deeper appreciation of some of the concepts involved. By the end of this book, the reader will not only be able to understand the practical issues concerned with the
deployment of cryptographic mechanisms, including the management of cryptographic keys, but will also be able to interpret future developments in this fascinating and increasingly important area of technology.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical & Clear Text 28 Sep 2012
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Even though I studied cryptography to MSc level at RHUL, I read something new in every section of the book. In my opinion this is an excellent text for both the security professional and information security student. I highly recommend the book for its clarity and practicality. Professor Martin has managed to explain cryptography to the non mathematician
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended. 10 May 2012
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You will no longer need to research through multiple books and other channels. The Everyday Cryptography book will literally cover everything (and more) of what you need to know to either create or expand your cryptogaphy toolkit. You can finally do away with having to search around to lookup detailed explanations on topics. It's a really practical size and is light enough and compact enough that it makes traveling a breeze.
The style of the writing in this book flows extremely well and is structured in a manner that allows you to link everything together such as historical algorithms, how they posed the problems and issues to evolve into symmetric cryptography, the details and primitives of symmetric cryptography, then the details and problems which asymmetric cryptography helps to solve. All of this then in addition detail to key management, digital certificates, MACs, hash functions, one-way trapdoors....everything is covered in a manner that is easily and rapidly understood.
This book helps me to keep everything structured and an essential addition to my work in the security field.

If your getting into cryptography or serious about information security - I highly recommend you purchase this book now!!!
Stop reading this and buy it :)

Any questions, feel free to ask.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! All you need 10 May 2012
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A brilliantly comprehensive and yet very readable book. Invaluable for study of cryptography, with just enough detail to explain topics clearly without getting bogged down in the maths. Has replaced a number of books as my single 'bible' on the subject. Unreservedly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good primer and overview of cryptography 16 Mar 2014
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Great Introduction but a lot of material, so it isn't a quick read. The book assumes almost no prior knowledge, as most things are explained from first principles but it always helps to be familiar with the lingo. I read this like a novel, from start to finish. I'm not a cryptography expert nor even studying it at university, I just did this in order to learn (self-teaching).

Fairly light on the mathematics but provides enough of the basics for an elementary understanding. I'm glad that the material covering Certificate Authority functions are not as prominent as in the Cryptography For Dummies book and it is good to see the protocols / algorithms for the main types of encryption too.

All the essential topics are covered and I'd say that the text is clearly written that anyone with a modicum of IT knowledge should be able to follow it. The content is not so esoteric nor complicated but does require some effort to get through it all.

The book starts with a historical overview (as many do) of how cryptography came about and why it is necessary. In section two the author describes cryptographic primitives and builds up the fundamentals of what is needed for a cryptographic tool kit: e.g. hash functions, public key cryptography, modes of operation, a/symmetric encryption, digital signatures and so on. Section three looks at key management while section four looks at applications.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cryptography for the every day man or woman 6 Feb 2014
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For those with a passing interest in cryptography but don't want to be bogged down in the boring technical aspects, then this book might be for you. It is a good and relatively concise introduction to the area of cryptography, covering the principles and applications of the subject rather than the technical side.
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4.0 out of 5 stars descriptive and great for all level of students 14 Aug 2013
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I haven't studied Cryptography before but will be studying in my Master's course. I had to start studying and was recommended to study from this book. I am glad, I gave it a try. The book has proper description keeping in mind various level of students. It explains things in perfect way and people who do not know anything about cryptography also learn alot after studying from this book after all its written by Keith Martin (for me, he is father of cryptography)
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This is, by far, the best introductory textbook I have found on Cryptography. The subject is covered comprehensively and is very clearly explained, containing both current examples and (as the title promises) key insights into the practical applications of cryptography. The author has the (rare) ability to convey the importance and the basic mechanics of cryptography without becoming trapped in the mathematical detail, which is the undoing of many other introductory books. The appreciation of the overall security environment into which cryptography is deployed is a real strength.
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