Crypto experts: All hail AES

    Date10 Apr 2001
    CategoryCryptography
    4069
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The government finally did something right. That seemed to be the common theme at the RSA Data Security Conference on Monday afternoon with encryption experts praising the U.S. government's selection of an Advanced Encryption Standard, or AES. "I would like to . . . The government finally did something right. That seemed to be the common theme at the RSA Data Security Conference on Monday afternoon with encryption experts praising the U.S. government's selection of an Advanced Encryption Standard, or AES. "I would like to say that after all this time that people bashed the government, it's nice that they did something right for once," said Adi Shamir, a professor in the applied mathematics department of Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science and the "S" in RSA, a popular encryption algorithm.

    Shamir and six other crypto gurus shared the stage to reveal their thoughts on the past and future of encryption in a panel discussion held at the conference here.

    At the top of the list of past successes: The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology's selection last summer of the Rijndael Algorithm as the AES, or the standard way to encrypt government content in the future.

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