CS/ECE/Math 435, Introduction to Cryptography - Spring 2017

Nigel Boston

Contact Information

3619 Engineering Hall, 303 Van Vleck

Telephone: 265-3817, 263-4753.

E-mail: boston@math.wisc.edu


Office Hours: In 3619 EH, 1:30-3 Mon; in 303 VV, 1:30-2:30 Th and 3-3:30 F; or by appointment.


Eric Bach's course notes can be picked up at the University Book Store.

Interesting Links

  • Summary of Elliptic Curve Cryptography
  • Security Implications of Using DES (from 2006)
  • Presentation about Solution of Simon Singh's Cipher Challenges
  • Famous Unsolved Codes and Ciphers
  • Comic courtesy of Bill Kay
  • Diaconis article
  • Stick figure guide to AES, courtesy of John Cabaj
  • Vigenere cipher used by Confederacy
  • Magician card trick of Fitch Cheney
  • Article on factoring of RSA-129
  • Twenty years of attacks on the RSA cryptosystem

    Course objectives

    Familiarity with the major algorithms of historical and modern cryptography as documented in open literature; knowledge of issues involved in choice of algorithm and key size; ability to analyze performance of various cryptographic and cryptanalytic algorithms

    Topics covered


    Grading Policy

    Homework Assignments