Born in the back of a Southern Appalachian coffee shop in 2007, we're a security and privacy R&D shop now based in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a current focus on applied cryptography, social engineering, open-source intelligence, and operational security.
We're doing what we do to build a better platform for the digital stewards and policy builders of today, and tomorrow.
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
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 an instructional standpoint, making it easier to bridge
the gap between classical and modern cryptography in a learning and development environment.
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: generic 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 Spring 2020.
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