A Taxonomy of Metrics for Cryptographic Systems

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    Abstract

    Measuring the security of cryptographic systems (algorithms, protocols, software and hardware implementations etc.) is a difficult task. There does not exist one simple and easy to measure value that could be used to evaluate the relative strength of different cryptographic systems. On the other hand, there are more and more use cases where protections granted by cryptographic systems are needed. In some cases, there are certification and classification requirements for the use of cryptosystems that would benefit from good measures. Also new standards are being created for cryptography, usually based on competitions, where the proposals are evaluated based on some criteria. In this paper, we describe a taxonomy of the multiple metrics that can be associated with cryptographic systems and evaluate them based on a number of different attributes. We also reflect our taxonomy to the decisions made in several cryptographic standardisation competitions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2019
    MoE publication typeNot Eligible
    EventThirteenth International Conference on Emerging Security Information, Systems and Technologies, SECURWARE 2019 - Nice, France
    Duration: 27 Oct 201931 Oct 2019
    https://www.iaria.org/conferences2019/SECURWARE19.html

    Conference

    ConferenceThirteenth International Conference on Emerging Security Information, Systems and Technologies, SECURWARE 2019
    Abbreviated titleSECURWARE 2019
    CountryFrance
    CityNice
    Period27/10/1931/10/19
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    Keywords

    • security metrics
    • Cryptographic systems
    • Competitions
    • Cryptography
    • Taxonomy

    Cite this

    Halunen, K., Suomalainen, J., Latvala, O-M., Kylänpää, M., Vallivaara, V., & Kiviharju, M. (2019). A Taxonomy of Metrics for Cryptographic Systems. Paper presented at Thirteenth International Conference on Emerging Security Information, Systems and Technologies, SECURWARE 2019, Nice, France.