National workshop on cryptography begins at USTM

GUWAHATI: The ancient art of secret writings in signs and codes has come a long way and cryptography has become an indispensable tool to protect secrecy in many spheres of life.
This was stated by mathematician and father of Indian cryptography,  Padma Shri Bimal Kumar Roy at the two-day national workshop on cryptography which began at the University of Science and Technology (USTM) at Baridua in Ri Bhoi on Tuesday.
“Security measurement of a country can be foolproof through development cryptography,” Roy said.
The workshop was organised by the department of mathematics, USTM with the support of Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.
Inaugurating the workshop, Roy, the founder director of RC Bose Centre for Cryptography and Security, said cryptography plays a significant role in security purposes.
Apart from many uses of cryptography, it is being used in day to day lives of millions of common people by way of banking transaction cards, computer passwords, electronic voting machines and e-commerce transactions.
Cryptography is associated with the process of converting ordinary plain text into unintelligible text and vice-versa. It is a method of storing and transmitting data in a particular form so that only those for whom it is intended can read and process it.
Anupam Saikia, a mathematician from IIT Guwahati, spoke on the rudiments of elliptic curve cryptography.
Resourcepersons addressing the workshop included MM Singh from North Eastern Hill University, Rajesh Pratap Singh from IIT Guwahati and Pankaj Kumar Das from Tezpur University among others.

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