598 – Upcoming talk: Marion Scheepers

November 30, 2009

Marion Scheepers, Wed. December 2, 2:40-3:30 pm, MG 120.

Cryptography

Online shopping and banking, Wireless communication and remote control devices have become common place. Nontrivial computing power and scanning devices of high power have become readily available. This creates an environment in which information in transit can be easily accessed or changed by unknown parties.

Cryptography is the main tool used to keep information secure. In this talk we will give a brief, motivated, outline of some of the mathematical foundations of cryptography. We also give an example to illustrate that mere possession of a good crypto-system does not guarantee security – one must also use it right.