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This course describes the use of cryptography in SSL and TLS.

3 videos  //  26 minutes of training

Course description

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) underpin the internet, providing confidentiality and authentication to protocols that were not designed to include them (like HTTP). This course describes the history of SSL/TLS, how it works at a high level and some of the main historical attacks against the protocols.

Course syllabus

Course IntroductionDuration: 1:07

This video introduces the SSL/TLS course.

Introduction to TLS/SSLDuration: 7:48

This video describes the purpose, history and structure of the SSL and TLS protocols.

Attacking TLS/SSLDuration: 17:34

This video describes historical attacks against SSL and TLS.

Meet the author

Howard Poston


Howard Poston is a cybersecurity researcher with a background in blockchain, cryptography and malware analysis. He has a master's degree in Cyber Operations from the Air Force Institute of Technology and two years of experience in cybersecurity research and development at Sandia National Labs.

He currently works as a freelance consultant providing training and content creation for cyber and blockchain security. He can be reached by email at or via his website at

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$599 / license

Annually. Includes all content plus team admin and reporting.