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Security is the number one concern for businesses worldwide. Thegold standard for attaining security is cryptography because itprovides the most reliable tools for storing or transmittingdigital information. Written by Niels Ferguson, lead cryptographerfor Counterpane, Bruce Schneier's security company, and BruceSchneier himself, this is the much anticipated follow-up book toSchneier's seminal encyclopedic reference, Applied Cryptography,Second Edition (0-471-11709-9), which has sold more than 150,000copies.
Niels Ferguson (Amsterdam, Netherlands) is a cryptographic engineerand consultant at Counterpane Internet Security. He has extensiveexperience in the creation and design of security algorithms,protocols, and multinational security infrastructures. Previously,Ferguson was a cryptographer for DigiCash and CWI. At CWI hedeveloped the first generation of off-line payment protocols. Hehas published numerous scientific papers.
Bruce Schneier (Minneapolis, MN) is Founder and Chief TechnicalOfficer at Counterpane Internet Security, a managed-securitymonitoring company. He is also the author of Secrets and Lies:Digital Security in a Networked World (0-471-25311-1).

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Two of the world’s top experts in cryptography teach you howto secure your digital future

In today’s world, security is a top concern for businessesworldwide. Without a secure computer system, you don’t makemoney, you don’t expand, and–bottom line–youdon’t survive. Cryptography holds great promise as thetechnology to provide security in cyberspace. Amazingly enough, noliterature exists about how to implement cryptography and how toincorporate it into real-world systems. With PracticalCryptography, an author team of international renown provides youwith the first hands-on cryptographic product implementation guide,bridging the gap between cryptographic theory and real-worldcryptographic applications.

This follow-up guide to the bestselling Applied Cryptographydives in and explains the how-to of cryptography. You’ll finddiscussions on:

  • Practical rules for choosing and using cryptographicprimitives, from block ciphers to digital signatures
  • Implementing cryptographic algorithms and systems in a secureway on today’s computers
  • A consistent design philosophy to ensure that every part of thesystem achieves the required security level
  • Why security affects every part of the system, and why it hasto be a primary goal of the project
  • How simple interfaces for cryptographic primitives reducesystem complexity and increase system security

About the Author:

NIELS FERGUSON is a cryptographic engineer and consultant. He hasextensive experience in the design and implementation ofcryptographic algorithms, protocols, and large-scale securityinfrastructures. Previously, Ferguson was a cryptographer forDigiCash and CWI, and he worked closely with Bruce Schneier atCounterpane Internet Security. He has published numerous scientificpapers.

BRUCE SCHNEIER is founder and chief technical officer atCounterpane Internet Security, a managed-security monitoringcompany. A world-renowned scientist, security expert, and lecturer,he is the author of Secrets and Lies: Digital Security in aNetworked World and Applied Cryptography (both from Wiley).

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