The course is principally designed around the material in the first three parts (i.e. chapters 1-13) of the main course text, William Stallings's "Cryptography and Network Security: Principles and Practice" (5th ed., Pearson Education, 2011), using many lecture slides prepared by Lawrie Brown (regarding which, I can't express how much I appreciate the fact that these are made available in *editable* form). There is additional material, and further references and comments appear below. N.B. Stallings's book is also a core text for the followup course COMP61421.
Overall Course Assessment.
Exam: 50%, Exercises 1-5: 50%
Practical Hints (.txt) van Tilborg's Cryptology Notebook (Updated) (.nb)
Ferguson N., Schneier B., Kohno T.
John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 0470474246 (2010)
(An excellent accompaniment to the main text. Though
somewhat less detailed than Stallings, it is written by
some of the world's leading practitioners. The writing has
a riveting style that really tells it like it is with cryptography.)
Paar C., Pelzl J.
Springer; ISBN: 3642041000 (2009)
(A nice compact treatment of the subject. Good
if you want an account that gets to the heart of
the matter without wasting too many words.)
Hoffstein J., Pipher J., Silverman J.
An Introduction to Mathematical Cryptography
Springer; ISBN: 9780387779935 (2008)
(Focused on the mathematical aspects of modern
cryptography, it explains the essential concepts
very clearly, without getting too embroiled in the
deeper underlying results. So it's more approachable
than the more hard-headed mathematical texts below.)
Data Privacy and Security
Springer N.Y.; ISBN: 0387003118 (2003)
(A very readable book containing a nice treatment of Enigma.)
The Code Book
Fourth Estate; ISBN: 1857028791 (1999)
(Really, this is a popular bestseller (which, moreover, has
appeared under many different ISBNs), but it's written so
well that it unquestionably merits inclusion in this booklist.
Has a delightful account of Enigma.)
Loepp S., Wooters W.
Protecting Information: From Classical Error Correcion to Quantum Cryptography
Cambridge U.P.; ISBN: 0521534763 (2006)
(This is a fairly short book that includes quite a bit on
quantum theory and a bit on quantum cryptography.)
John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 0471117099 (1996)
(Still an absolute classic. Commenting on key escrow (in 1996!),
it contains the chillingly prophetic: 'Imagine a major terrorist
attack on New York; what sorts of limits on the police would be
thrown aside in the aftermath?' (Page 99 if you're interested.))
An Introduction to Cryptography
Chapman and Hall/CRC; ISBN: 1584886188 (2007)
(A mathematics-first introduction to cryptography.)
Cryptography Theory and Practice
3rd ed., Chapman & Hall; ISBN: 1584885084 (2005)
(A long established mathematics-first standard text.)
Katz J., Lindell Y.
Introduction to Modern Cryptography
Chapman & Hall; ISBN: 1584885513 (2008)
(Another, newer, mathematics-first text.)
Pieprzyk J., Hardjono T., Seberry J.
Fundamentals of Computer Security
Springer; ISBN: 3540431012 (2003)
(A mathematics-first treatment of cryptography.)
Prentice Hall Professional; ISBN: 0130669431 (2004)
(A thoroughgoing mathematics-first treatment of cryptography.)
Security Engineering (2nd ed.)
John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 0470068523 (2008)
(The most highly respected book on the wider issues of
computer security. Some incredible stories. Also contains
a good, if quite brief, account of cryptography.)
John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 9780470741153 (2011)
(Looking at the wider issue of computer security,
beyond just the concerns of cryptography.)
Jones and Bartlett; ISBN: 9780763759940 (2010)
(Considers computer security, but with a much greater
emphasis on the human side than Gollman.)
Oxford University Press; ISBN: 0199695598 (2012)
(Covers all the topics in the subject, but is quite
light on the mathematical details. Not really enough
to act as a course text for this course.)