Kerrie Pratt



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In the present day, security is essential for sending and receiving information. There are always stories about bank accounts being hacked, credit card numbers being stolen, and secret information being decoded. With the technology of the Internet age growing at a rapid pace, security is essential to keep privileged information safe. In order to ensure this information is kept private, so that information can be sent and received without being hacked and decoded, organizations employ different types of encryption. One of the current encoding systems is Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC). ECC uses elliptic curves over finite fields to send information in public without risking the security of that information. In this thesis we explain the process of encoding with ECC and why this process works by studying group theory, elliptic curves, and finite fields.



Thesis Comittee

Ward Heilman, (Thesis Director)

Irina Seceleanu

Philip Scalisi

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Original document was submitted as an Honors Program requirement. Copyright is held by the author.

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