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Information Security: DES and Rijndael Protocol

1.What is DES? What is triple DES? How did the Rijndael protocol enhance DES?

2.What are substitution ciphers? How do they differ from one-time pads (OTP)? Which is better for the IS manager to employ and why?

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DES stands for Data Encryption Standard and was the cipher selected to encrypt government information in 1976. It is a block cipher, which means that it uses a fixed length block. Therefore if you put in 128 bits of plaintext data, you will get back 128 bits of encrypted data. Block ciphers also use a symmetric key. Symmetric key ciphers are a class of ciphers that use similar or identical keys for decryption and encryption.
DES uses a block size of 64 bits, with 8 of those used of parity checks. As a result, DES uses a key size of only 56 bits. By 1998, DES had proven to be too insecure when a special DES breaking computer designed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation was able to break DES in only a few days.
Triple DES encrypts blocks 3 times, using 2 different cipher keys. This produces 112 bit keys and 80 bit security. DES is still considered secure.
The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) ...

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The solution discusses what is DES and how Rijndael protocol enhances DES.