This is a hybrid teaching unit, it will partially be held online, partially in class.

Cryptography addresses the protection of data in the digital world; it has become a crucial technology for the information society, with influence to public policy and questions of privacy. This course presents an introduction to modern cryptography. Based on mathematical models for reasoning about the security of information systems, the course explains the fundamental concepts of cryptography and discusses the most important cryptographic algorithms that are in everyday use on the Internet. It covers security proofs, computational security, pseudorandomness, block ciphers, hash functions, and message authentication. Public-key cryptosystems and public-key signature schemes that rely on number-theoretic primitives are also introduced and some elementary cryptographic protocols will be presented. (Caveat: The course is not about computer security, operating systems, malware, attacks and their prevention.)


Code 11100
Type Course
Site Bern
Track(s) T1 – Distributed Systems
T4 – Logic
Semester A2020


Lecturer(s) Christian Cachin
Language english
Course Page

The course page in ILIAS can be found at

Schedules and Rooms

Period Weekly
Schedule Wednesday, 14:15 - 17:00
Location UniBE, Hauptgebäude H4 / online
Room 106

Additional information


First Lecture
The first lecture will take place on Wednesday, 16.09.2020 at 14:15 (see ILIAS).