Learning Path

Introduction to Applied Cryptography and Cryptanalysis

Learn about cryptography; applications, decrypting, and deobfuscating data.

What you will learn

This learning path discusses applied cryptography and cryptanalysis. The fundamentals of cryptography are introduced as well as common applications of cryptography. The path also introduces weak algorithms used by malware, how to identify them and methods for deobfuscating the data.

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Introduction to Cryptography

Course — 00:28:16

K0308, K0412, K0427

This course defines the basic vocabulary and concepts of cryptography.

Fundamentals of Cryptography

Course — 00:20:52

K0005, K0018, K0019, K0308, K0403, K0412, K0427

This course describes mathematics and structures commonly used in cryptography.

Symmetric Cryptography

Course — 00:45:37

K0018, K0019, K0201, K0403, K0427

This course provides an introduction to symmetric encryption algorithms.

Asymmetric Cryptography

Course — 00:36:26

K0005, K0018, K0019, K0403, K0427

This course provides an introduction to asymmetric encryption algorithms.

Hash Functions

Course — 00:17:28

K0018, K0427, S0089, S0298

This course provides an introduction to hash functions.

Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)

Course — 00:18:53

K0004, K0019, K0056, K0427

This course describes the use of cryptography in the PKI infrastructure.


Course — 00:26:29

K0005, K0018, K0019, K0308, K0427, K0603

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

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

Course — 00:18:57

K0004, K0005, K0071, K0104, K0427, K0428, S0059

This course describes the use of cryptography in Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).

Secure Credential Management

Course — 00:24:56

K0005, K0007, K0158, K0336, K0427

This course describes the use of cryptography in securely managing user credentials.

Full Disk Encryption

Course — 00:10:07

K0005, K0622

This course describes the use of cryptography in full disk encryption.

Blockchain Technology

Course — 00:25:02

K0038, K0059, K0622

This course describes the use of cryptography in blockchain technology.

Introduction to Cryptanalysis

Course — 00:36:33

K0305, K0403, K0427

This course introduces you to the field of cryptanalysis.

Applied Cryptanalysis

Course — 00:25:32

K0005, K0305, K0403, K0427

This course provides demonstrations of using cryptanalysis for incident response.

Security+ – Cryptography

Lab — 00:30:00

When using the Internet, users retrieve or share information. Depending on the application, purpose, and implementation methods, the need to provide data confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity emerges. To ensure these requirements are fulfilled and that only authorized parties have access to the data, the information transmitted over the Internet is obfuscated.

Cryptography and Cryptanalysis Skill Assessment

Assessment — 69 questions — 00:34:30

Meet the author

Howard Poston is a copywriter, author, and course developer with experience in cybersecurity and blockchain security, cryptography, and malware analysis. He has an MS in Cyber Operations, a decade of experience in cybersecurity, and over five years of experience as a freelance consultant providing training and content creation for cyber and blockchain security. He is also the creator of over a dozen cybersecurity courses, has authored two books, and has spoken at numerous cybersecurity conferences. He can be reached by email at howard@howardposton.com or via his website at https://www.howardposton.com.

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How to claim CPEs

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