Applications fo elliptic function theory to computer cryptography - Elliptic curve cryptography

Date: 15 May 1998.
Presenter: Sven Dietrich, NASA GSFC/Raytheon STX (now Raytheon ITSS).

We present a basic introduction to elliptic curve cryptography. We show how to build an elliptic curve cryptosystem, from defining various operations on elliptic curve groups, via describing the classical and elliptic discrete logarithm problems, to the selection of the underlying finite fields. We also describe the state of current research in the field and why elliptic curve cryptography is sometimes favored over RSA-based schemes.

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