Sunday, June 15, 2008

Whitfield Diffie on Cryptography

There's a good video from a talk that Whitfield Diffie gave at the Computer History Museum. The subject is Information Security before and after Public Key Cryptography. Whitfield tells about the development of cryptography, the problems with key distribution, the solutions to that by public key cryptography and the future of cryptography. Most interesting lecture for the novice, without any technical details or math stuff. A good introduction in cryptography.

Whitfield Diffie knows what he's talking about. He's one of the inventors of the Diffie-Hellman (what's in a name) public key protocol and is now Security Officer at Sun Microsystems. If you want to read up on Whitfield, there's an interview with Diffie on Wired.com. You can view the talk by Whitfield (1h16 ) below. Enjoy!

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