Issue No.03 - May/June (2011 vol.9)
Ian Grigg , Financial Cryptographer
Peter Gutmann , University of Auckland
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MSP.2011.69
Cryptographic numerology states that as long as your encryption keys are at least "this big," you're fine, even if none of the surrounding infrastructure benefits from that size or even works at all. The significant slowdown arising from the application of cryptographic numerology will discourage the global uptake of cryptographically secured protocols because of the unnecessary crypto costs. Such an approach is making us less, not more, secure.
cryptographic numerology, public-key algorithms, Secure Sockets Layer, computer security, cryptography
Ian Grigg, Peter Gutmann, "The Curse of Cryptographic Numerology", IEEE Security & Privacy, vol.9, no. 3, pp. 70-72, May/June 2011, doi:10.1109/MSP.2011.69