Introduction to Cryptography (CMSC 28400)

University of Chicago, Autumn 2018

M W F 11:30am-12:20pm, Rosenwald Hall 015


Cryptography is the use of algorithms to protect information from adversaries. Though its origins are ancient, cryptography now underlies everyday technologies including the Internet, wifi, cell phones, payment systems, and more. This course is an introduction to the design and analysis of cryptography, including how "security" is defined, how practical cryptographic algorithms work, and how to exploit flaws in cryptography. The course will cover algorithms for symmetric-key and public-key encryption, authentication, digital signatures, hash functions, and other primitives. Weekly problem sets will include both theoretical problems and programming tasks. No experience in security is required.

Staff and Office Hours

David Cash Crerar 353 Fri 2pm-3pm
Francesca Falzon Crerar 205 Tue 3pm-4pm
Chris Jones Crerar 207 Thu 2pm-3pm