Catalog Description: The foundations technology for protecting information in electronic form are introduced. Privacy and integrity of data together with the availability of computer resources need to be guaranteed. The following topics are covered: symmetric key encryption, public key encryption, stream ciphers, digital signatures, secure hashing, cryptographic protocols, cryptanalysis, certificates and key management. The course will avoid detailed discussion of computer and network security as these topics are discussed in other courses.

Students completing the course will be able to:

- Understand the foundations of Cryptography

- Apply cryptography in data-to-day information technology uses

- Translate security policies into a cryptographic architecture






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All assignments/activities are mandatory and are due no later than the start of class on the date designated. Late assignments will receive a ten percent grade reduction per class period late. Participation will be a factor of attendance and quizzes. Reading assignments should be completed by the start of the designated class period. Grades will be curved relative to the performance of the class. Final grades will be assigned using a 90, 80, 70, 60 cut-off scale. Unless otherwise designated, assignments are individual responsibility. Collaboration is allowed only between members of the same team. Plagarism (using un -or incorrectly cited information) from the Internet or other sources is unacceptable and is expressly prohibited.





1. Classical and Contemporary Cryptology" by Richard Spillman, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-182831-2

Contact with Instructor

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Honor Code

Students are expected to uphold the Academic Honor Code. The Academic Honor System of The Florida State University is based on the premise that each student has the responsibility to:

  1. Uphold the highest standards of academic integrity in the studentís own work,
  2. Refuse to tolerate violations of academic integrity in the University community, and
  3. Foster a high sense of integrity and social responsibility on the part of the University community.

Click on Academic Honor Code for a full statement of the FSU Code.

ADA Requirements

Students with disabilities needing academic accommodations should:

  1. Register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC).
  2. Bring a letter to the instructor form the SDRC indicating you need academic accommodations. This should be done within the first week of class.

(This syllabus and other class materials are available in alternative format upon request.)

For more information about services available to FSU students with disabilities, contact the Assistant Dean of Students:, Student Disability Resource Center, 97 Woodward Avenue, South, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4167, (850) 644-9566.


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