Saturday, July 17, 2010

Review of Crypto Posted just posted my four star review of Crypto by Steven Levy. From the review:

Steven Levy's "Crypto" is a fascinating look at part of the story of modern cryptography, at least from the point of view of key non-government cryptographers. The author clearly conducted plenty of research into the lives of certain individuals, such as Whit Diffie and Marty Hellmen, the RSA trio, and other entrepreneurs. Unlike some other reviewers, I thought the text was lively enough and the book kept my attention throughout. My only real concern is the obvious bias against the concerns of government cryptographers. If you doubt the bias, it starts on the cover: "How the Code Rebels Beat the Government - Saving Privacy in the Digital Age." Regardless, if you are a security professional or just have an interest in digital privacy, you will enjoy reading Crypto.


Anonymous said...

"such as Whit Diffie and Marty Hellmen, the RSA trio" I thought trio meant three... Did you mean Rivest, Shamir and Adelman?

Richard Bejtlich said...

I'm listing "the RSA trio" as a separate group, not saying that Whit and Marty are "the RSA trio."