We're a digital security and privacy awareness and conditioning shop based in the San Francisco Bay Area's Tri-Valley.
Born in the back of a Southern Appalachian coffee shop over a decade ago, we bolster security and privacy education through innovations in hands-on, interactive, and gamified curricula, focusing
on aspects like applied cryptography, social engineering, intelligence gathering, elections integrity, misinformation
campaigns, and operational security. We work in primary, secondary, and post-secondary classrooms, as well as industry and government.
The goal? Cultivating and empowering even better digital stewards and decision-makers -- ready
to solve new problems and build better policy.
An interactive tradecraft simulator of espionage and sabotage, integrating applied cryptography,
operational security, social engineering, misinformation campaigns, and intelligence gathering. Coming in 2020.
Aesthetics of Cryptography
[Dec. 2019, NICE K12]
The aesthetics of cryptography explores the design of cryptographic primitives
as a subset of product design, where design is driven by a tactile, visual approach. This
allows core cryptographic concepts (e.g., S-boxes, key schedules) to be preserved in a
way that is more approachable from a pedagogical standpoint, making it easier to bridge
the gap between classical and modern cryptography, in the classroom.
CRUX: cipher design strategy based on cryptography + user experience
bantamweight cryptography: class of scaled-down, hand-held cryptographic primitives
blockwise: visual design language for bantamweight primitives
SignPost: human-readable pseudocode for sharing blockwise visuals
PocketBlock: family of bantamweight block ciphers
Prior Foundational Work:
J. Troutman, and V. Rijmen, "Mackerel: A Progressive School of Cryptographic Thought," ;login: 38(6), pp. 28-32, 2013.
J. Troutman, and V. Rijmen, "Green Cryptography: Cleaner Engineering through Recycling, Part 2," IEEE Security & Privacy 7(5), pp. 64-65, 2009.
J. Troutman, and V. Rijmen, "Green Cryptography: Cleaner Engineering through Recycling," IEEE Security & Privacy 7(4), pp. 71-73, 2009.
Virtual doors opening December 2019.
Want to partner with us, or simply start a conversation? Don't hesitate to reach
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