Daily Study Group: Introduction to Cryptography
About This Study Group
Cryptography has existed for thousands of years and currently is a fascinating topic to study because of the close ties it forges between theory and practice. It makes use of bitwise computations, advanced algebra, string operations and everything in between. The Wolfram Language, with functions that provide basic building blocks for modern cryptography, makes a great tool for hands-on understanding of various concepts. In this Study Group, you will follow video lessons from the new Wolfram U course Introduction to Cryptography and learn about the concepts, underlying math and connections to real-world scenarios.

A Wolfram certified instructor guides each session by sharing short lessons, polling the group to review key concepts, introducing practice problems and answering questions. A certificate of program completion will be awarded to participants who attend online sessions and pass quizzes.

Study Group sessions run daily, Monday through Friday. This Study Group begins Monday, January 31, 2022.
This Study Group Has 15 Sections
  • Monday, January 31, 11am–noon US CST (5–6pm GMT)
    Historical Perspective
  • Tuesday, February 1, 11am–noon US CST (5–6pm GMT)
    Classical Ciphers, Perfect Secrecy
  • Wednesday, February 2, 11am–noon US CST (5–6pm GMT)
    Essential Terminology, Cryptographic Objectives
  • Thursday, February 3, 11am–noon US CST (5–6pm GMT)
    Measuring Security, Randomness and Pseudorandomness
  • Friday, February 4, 10:30am–noon US CST (4:30–6pm GMT)
    Week 1 Review, Hash Functions, Security Features
  • Monday, February 7, 11am–noon US CST (5–6pm GMT)
    Secret Key Cryptography, Block Ciphers
  • Tuesday, February 8, 11am–noon US CST (5–6pm GMT)
    Substitution-Permutation Networks
  • Wednesday, February 9, 11am–noon US CST (5–6pm GMT)
    Feistel Scheme
  • Thursday, February 10, 11am–noon US CST (5–6pm GMT)
    Public Key Cryptography, Digital Signatures
  • Friday, February 11, 10:30am–noon US CST (4:30–6pm GMT)
    Week 2 Review, Elliptic Curve Cryptosystem
  • Monday, February 14, 11am–noon US CST (5–6pm GMT)
    RSA Cryptosystem, Security of RSA
  • Tuesday, February 15, 11am–noon US CST (5–6pm GMT)
    Hybrid Cryptography, Public Key Certificates
  • Wednesday, February 16, 11am–noon US CST (5–6pm GMT)
    Cryptocurrencies, Password Storage
  • Thursday, February 17, 11am–noon US CST (5–6pm GMT)
    Designing a Security System
  • Friday, February 18, 10:30am–noon US CST (4:30–6pm GMT)
    Series Review
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