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Cryptologists needed to detect cyber crimes

Date: September 29, 2008

It’s an exciting blend of permutations and combinations. Called the science of secrecy, cryptography has probably got more attention in the last couple of decades than ever before.

With terrorist crimes being increasingly linked to the Internet, cryptologists are much sought after by many commercial giants and law enforcing agencies.

But very often the information given to cryptologists to crack ‘puzzle’ is inadequate, says Padmasri Prof R Balasubramanian, director, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai.

“We are willing to train the law-enforcing agencies like the police, defence officials and intelligence agencies to equip them with the necessary tools in breaking codes and messages,” he says.

One of the few mathematicians to be awarded a Padmasree, Balasubramanian was in the city to deliver the Prof Wazir Hasan Abdi memorial lecture 2008 on ‘Recent trends in cryptography’ organised by the Department of Mathematics, Cochin University of Science and Technology. He says newer software is being introduced by the hour by competing software giants all over the world.

But most of these could have hidden codes that could make our systems vulnerable to any information leak.

“It is better to develop indigenous systems so that we can protect ourselves from being burgled,” he adds.

Cryptography for the layman starts from the password in the computer and the ATM machines codes but goes much beyond to the security surrounding a defence system to secret message intercepts of Intelligence officials.

Though it is an interesting blend of number theory and computer science, more technology students are studying it rather than mathematicians.
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