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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Dr.Ron Rivest on Computer Security and Cryptography

Dr. Dobbs Journal has posted a transcript of an interview with Dr.Ron Rivest from 1997. He talks about Computer Security and Cryptography. Even though the interview is dated - the concepts, concerns etc. remain the same.

You can find the interview here.

Some important comments from Dr.Rivest.

In general, security consists of implementing the policies of someone who designed the system, policies regarding who should have access to, and who should control, various kinds of information.

.. probably safer using their credit card for Internet transactions than they are using it in a local restaurant. It's much easier for the clerk with a credit card slip to make off with your number than it is for someone to mount a sophisticated attack against an encrypted Internet line.

With electronic voting, you can tell that your vote has been counted.

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