VC offers lecture on cryptography

Oct. 29, 2011 at 5:29 a.m.

Digital information thefts and leaks have made headlines recently including the Playstation network failure, Wikileaks and other security breaches at credit card processing vendors and various banking institutions.

On Friday, Victoria College's Zeta Gamma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will present the first offering in its new Faculty Lecture Series focusing on cryptography.

This lecture, "Cryptography: The puzzle palace and how gentlemen read other gentlemen's mail," addresses the defense of digital information.

Using techniques put in place by the Roman Empire and methods that led to the rise and fall of the Nazi war machine, the security of online banking transactions and other cryptography ideas will be introduced in an elementary mathematical context.

Those who have always wondered how algebra applies in the real world may be particularly interested to know that these mathematical applications form the foundation of the art and science of cryptography.

Friday's lecture will be presented by VC math professor Matt Wiley. Wiley has a master of science degree in pure mathematics with a minor in computer science. His interest in languages, both human and computer, were developed in part during his time in the United States Air Force.

Wiley serves as a faculty advisor to VC's Zeta Gamma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. Prior to joining the faculty at VC, he taught mathematics at the University of California, where he won an Outstanding Teaching Award in 2009.



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