A Brief Statment About Cryptography

So a few nights ago, I found myself reading the third cryptography book obtained from the library I soon came to the realization that along with probably 5 college math courses(I start the count at Calculus 1) and half the web pages oh Google scholar, I have become relatively well versed in the subject. Being much more of a mathematician than computer science student I took it upon my self to really take a comprehensive look at what the various authors (most of whom where mathematicians working as consultants or teaching) had to say and on what topics they agreed and disagreed. Being the eccentric human being that I am, I took it upon myself to try and actually push and make some real progress in this field, the keyword being try, from the various methods proposed elliptical cryptography seemed like it could be vastly improved upon and was one of the more promising approaches to solving the problem of computer insecurity(by stopping data leakage at multiple levels) . After about 30 hrs. of work, drawing out functions and writing the math that would be utilized in making the cryptography easily programmable as well as secure, a second realization dawned upon me. This Epiphany, if you should so call it that, took the form of two parts: The realization that I had actually produced something of beauty(I find most math beautiful) and secondly that this would never actually be used. Realizing that the option for encrypting data is so readily available to anyone who so seeks to do and the actual level of encrypted data being transmitted at any given moment in time as compared to unencrypted data brought me back to reality. We live in a world of insecurity, everyone knows it, computer people know it best. We can not even get people to stop using their mother’s maiden name as a secret question… how could you convince these same people to abide by a process that involves electronic signatures, authentication, and keys. Even if everyone were to try, the amount of exploitable errors made on a daily basis that would cause an inevitable false sense of security would probably be worse than just having everything remain unencrypted. The worst part of it all however is not the lack of security in a global sense, but the fact that for those cognizant enough to properly utilize encryption, they get singled out as “suspicious”. Encrypting data displays not only an understanding of the value of your personal information, but that you posses the technical skills to protect it, or at least try. Since this knowledge is probably held in the heads of 1% of the populous, the need to encrypt data almost infers that the data encrypted needs to be hidden.


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