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The Future of Cryptography

Prepare for the future of cryptography by examining the current cutting-edge research.

  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    10 hours

What is the future of cryptography?

In this final course of the cryptography program, we look at topics related to cryptography and to the future of secure communication. Current research on quantum cryptography and homomorphic encryption will be examined, and the related topic of steganography (hiding information within other information) will be investigated.

What topics will you cover?

  • Quantum cryptography
  • Homomorphic encryption
  • Cryptography for low-powered devices
  • Post quantum cryptography
  • Steganography

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Discuss the opportunities and roadblocks of quantum cryptography and quantum cryptanalysis
  • Assess algorithms for encryption in low-powered devices for situations such as Industry 4.0 or the Internet of Things
  • Summarise the benefits and complexities of homomorphic encryption in a range of applications, such as remote processing or cloud computing

Who is the course for?

This course is for people who want to understand more about the way cryptography keeps our communications safe, either out of curiosity or to prepare for advanced study of the topic.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
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  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control

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