A New AES Standard For Wireless

Wednesday, 21 August 2002, 2:37 AM EST

RSA Security, Hifn and MacFergus BV teamed up to create Counter with CBC (cipher block chaining) MAC (message authentication code), a packet technology that puts authentication and encryption in a single key.

The 17 AES proposals under consideration are the next step in crypto evolution first started with the public key system introduced by Whitfield Diffie, Marty Hellman and Ralph Merkle back in the 1970s.

AES is a block cipher algorithm developed on a mathematic formula - called Rijndael after its creators, Belgian cryptographers Joan Daemen and Vincent Rijmen - and selected by the U.S. government as the next generation in data protection protocols.

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