ICS 423: Data Security and Cryptography I


History of secret communication and confidential data storage. Elements of cryptography and cryptanalysis.  Classical ciphers. Symmetric key cryptography. Public key cryptography. Cryptography in cyber space. See also the course outline.


  • Lectures: Dusko
    • Time: Tuesdays 15:00-16:15
    • Place: SAKAM A102
  • Labs and practica: Muzamil
    • Time: Thursdays 15:00-16:15
    • Place: SAKAM A102
  • Period: 24 August 2015 – 10 December 2015
  • Office hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 16:30, Friday 10:30, or by appointment

Course materials (uploaded as we go):

Lecture slides


Reading materials

  • Arthur Conan Doyle: The Adventure of the Dancing Men
  • Martin Gardner: Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing
  • Simon Singh: The Code Book
  • Adam Young and Moti Yung: Malicious Cryptography
  • Oded Goldreich: Modern cryptography, probabilistic proofs and pseudorandomness