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For Your Consideration – Cryptographic Resolutions

Here are some thoughts on cryptographic New Year’s resolutions for your consideration. :)



  • Cryptography as often implemented ends up as data obfuscation rather than data confidentiality. Generating, protecting, and managing my keys well is the answer. Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 provides guidelines that I can follow and behaviors I should  look for in systems that I buy.
  • Key generation is a solved problem. Encryption is easy. Key management (aka Public Key Infrastructure) is hard and costs money, time, and effort, but it’s worth it.Happy New Year!



  • To use WPA2 or better in my wireless networks. I will upgrade my wireless routers and access points where needed – my network will be more secure. Besides, the improved range and bandwidth of Wireless-N might increase productivity. ;)

  • To master Public Key Infrastructure because proper key management will keep me from bricking my systems and help me keep my data confidential.

Happy new year!



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