Cryptography InfoSec Pro Guide by Sean-Philip Oriyano

By Sean-Philip Oriyano

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Keys are incredibly significant for us if we are to understand the encryption process fully. In the strictest and most technical sense, a key is a discrete piece of information that enacts a specific result or output for a given cryptographic operation. Sounds confusing, but it doesn’t need to be if we look at this the right way. A key in the cryptographic sense can be thought of in the same way as a key in the physical world—as a special item used to open or unlock something (in this case, a piece of information).

For should be aware. This term is bits, as instance, a cryptosystem developed only in a key is a 40-bit or 1024-bit key, for 40 years ago with 56-bit keys would now instance. be viewed as much weaker in the face of stronger computing systems. In fact, over the last 30 years as computing power has increased thousands of times, algorithms have had to be developed and strengthened to increase the length and number of keys available in any given system. So how much does key length make a difference?

If a random key or incorrect key is used, the result will be information that is not useful. Let’s now look at the encryption process again. Let’s say that, hypothetically, Link wants to send Zelda another message. Knowing what you know now, the process would look like what’s shown in Figure 1-6. In Figure 1-6, the original message would be represented by the plaintext being fed into the algorithm as input. Together with the plaintext into the algorithm is a key selected out of the keyspace defined by the algorithm in use.

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