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Cryptology Fails December 6, 2013

Posted by farchie82 in Security.

Before I became knowledgeable on the subject, I must admit that I had no idea how important incorporating security concerns into the system development process was.  Implementing successful security measures seems to be an issue that is hard to tackle, but after reading about banking cryptology errors in the article, “Why Cryptosystems Fail,” [1] by Ross J. Anderson, this problem seems a bit more clear. Merriam Webster dictionary defines cryptology as the scientific study of cryptograghy or the process of writing or reading secret messages or codes. [2] Government agencies and the banking industry both use cryptology in order to protect private information, unfortunately, the exchange of information is not always secure. This problem persists mainly because the topic of security will forever be a cat and mouse game.  However, incorporating security measures in programming from the beginning could help to prevent fraud from taking place. Also, staying on top of the latest schemes by hackers would help as well, but as the article hinted, most times  times the security failures are not made public. That, in turn, aides in hindering successful (or at least as close to successful one can get) system operation.


[1 ] “Why Cryptosystems Fail”,  by Ross J. Anderson, November 1994, Communications of the ACM, Volume 37, Issue 11.

[2] Merriam Webster Dictionary. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cryptography?show=0&t=1386317998



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