History of Encryption

by Melis Jackob
Sept. 1, 2017 0 comments SANS Institute Encryption & Authentication encryption & vpns

Encryption, process of converting messages, information, or data into a form unreadable by anyone except the intended recipient. Encrypted data must be deciphered, or decrypted, before it can be read by the recipient. The root of the word encryption—crypt—comes from the Greek word kryptos, meaning hidden or secret. In its earliest form, people have been attempting to conceal certain information that they wanted to keep to their own possession by substituting parts of the information with symbols, numbers and pictures, this paper highlights in chronology the history of Cryptography throughout centuries. For different reason humans have been interested in protecting their messages. The Assyrians were interested in protecting their trade secret of manufacturing of the pottery. The Chinese were interested in protecting their trade secret of manufacturing silk. The Germans were interested in protecting their military secrets by using their famous Enigma machine. With the advancement ...

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