The Advanced Encryption System (AES) Development Effort: Overview and Update

by William Tatun
Sept. 1, 2017 0 comments SANS Institute Encryption & Authentication encryption & vpns

Selecting a single research topic relevant to the information security arena is not as easy as it may seem at first blush. Even though there are many topics and an immense amount of research material to wade through on each, I experienced the same feeling inside when I selected a topic as I do every time I enter my kids’ room, which usually looks like a tornado had just passed through, and not knowing where to begin. After some thought, I decided to research and report on a topic that is fundamental to all of information security, cryptosystems, specifically, the Advanced Encryption System (AES) Development Effort headed up by the United States government. Wherever you find a process that protects data, especially data that may travel through public networks, you are bound to find a cryptosystem. As Bruce Schneier points out in his book, Secrets and Lies, “…cryptography is a core technology of cyberspace.”1 Cryptography is a technology that allows us to build security i...