Apr 2013

Java Cryptography Training



University of Lugano, Via G. Buffi 13 - Lugano
Informatics Building, Room SI-008

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Apr 13th, 2013


9:30 - 17:30 Java Cryptography Training
Jeff Lawson


Java Cryptography Training

A working knowledge of cryptography ought to be part of the skill-set of all professional software developers, just like database access and networking. Many developers, however, regard security as an administrative function or something to be bolted onto version three of a product, if there's time and if we can figure out how to do it!
Instead, programmatic security should be a primary consideration in software development. Making security a core part of the initial design of a software solution makes development much easier than retro-fitting security at a later date.
Jeff Lawson's Java Cryptography for Beginners training course assumes the audience have no knowledge of cryptography but have a working knowledge of Java. It covers symmetric encryption, asymmetric encryption, cryptographic hashing, digital signatures, digital certificates, PKI, PMI and TLS. The emphasis is on best practices, such as key strengths versus performance and cross platform consistency. Platforms covered: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, iOS and Android. All software is Java-based except for code that targets iOS (which uses Objective-C / C++). The audience for the training course is expected to bring along a Mac, Windows or Linux laptop. Delegates are encouraged to bring along iOS and Android devices with suitable USB cables. Emphasis is placed upon programmers working together, passing secure data between each other, as simple files initially but ultimately by way of TLS with both server-side and client-side certificates issued from their own Certificate Authorities. All code and the training materials from the daytime course will be made available to the audience as online resources. The aim is not to magically produce cryptographers but to raise awareness of cryptography and to dispel myths that make some people think that cryptography is difficult to use and mysterious: it isn't; we should use, when appropriate!


Jeff Lawson

Jeff Lawson

Jeff Lawson has thirty years' experience as a software developer and trainer. His first Java product was a JNDI service provider, which he presented at JavaOne 2001. Since then he has worked on many Java products, including WebSphere at IBM's Toronto Software Lab. Jeff currently develops Android and iOS apps.

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