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cryptography

Abbreviation(s) and Synonym(s):

None

Definition(s):

  1. Art or science concerning the principles, means, and methods for rendering plain information unintelligible and for restoring encrypted information to intelligible form.
Source(s):
CNSSI 4009-2015 (NSA/CSS Manual Number 3-16 (COMSEC))

  2. The discipline that embodies the principles, means, and methods for the transformation of data in order to hide their semantic content, prevent their unauthorized use, or prevent their undetected modification.
Source(s):
CNSSI 4009-2015 (NIST SP 800-59)

  3. The discipline that embodies the principles, means, and methods for the providing information security, including confidentiality, data integrity, non-repudiation, and authenticity.
Source(s):
CNSSI 4009-2015 (NIST SP 800-21 Second edition)

  The discipline that embodies the principles, means, and methods for the transformation of data in order to hide their semantic content, prevent their unauthorized use, or prevent their undetected modification.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-59 under Cryptography (ANSDIT)

  The art and science of using mathematics to secure information and create a high degree of trust in the electronic realm.
Source(s):
NISTIR 7316 under Cryptography

  The discipline that embodies principles, means and methods for providing information security, including confidentiality, data integrity, non- repudiation, and authenticity.
Source(s):
NISTIR 8040 under Cryptography