Cryptosystem - Meaning in The Context of Cryptography

Meaning in The Context of Cryptography

In this meaning, a cryptosystem refers to a suite of algorithms needed to implement a particular form of encryption and decryption.

Typically, a cryptosystem consists of three algorithms: one for key generation, one for encryption, and one for decryption. The term cipher (sometimes cypher) is often used to refer to a pair of algorithms, one for encryption and one for decryption. Therefore, the term "cryptosystem" is most often used when the key generation algorithm is important. For this reason, the term "cryptosystem" is commonly used to refer to public key techniques; however both "cipher" and "cryptosystem" are used for symmetric key techniques.

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