Related Resources

Security Books

Recommended Textbooks

There are three recommended textbooks (not required!) for this course. In addition, we have a number of other suggestions collected over previous years.

  • Buy at Amazon Katz, Jonathan, and Yehuda Lindell. Introduction to Modern Cryptography. Chapman and Hall / CRC, 2007. ISBN: 9781584885511. [Preview with Google Books]
  • Buy at Amazon Ferguson, Niels, Bruce Schneier, and Tadayoshi Kohno. Cryptography Engineering: Design Principles and Practical Applications. Wiley, 2010. ISBN: 9780470474242.
  • Buy at Amazon Paar, Christof, and Jan Pelzl. Understanding Cryptography: A Textbook for Students and Practitioners. Springer, 2011. ISBN: 9783642041006. [Preview with Google Books]

Other Suggested Textbooks

Security Conferences


Most of the reading material in 6.857 comes from conferences on computer and network security. Here is a list of the papers we hope to discuss; we won't have time for everything. Send us a note if you see a paper that greatly interests you.


  • CSAIL Security Seminar: Attend the seminar talks if you are interested in current security research.
  • The 6.033 textbook, particularly the chapter on Information security (PDF).
  • IEEE CIPHER newsletter
  • Schneier's CRYPTOGRAM
  • comp.risks archive via UseNet contains the latest few issues, it can also be browsed via Discuss.
  • sci.crypt archive via UseNet contains discussion of cryptography. A lot of the stuff is questions by people unfamiliar with the topic or just starting out, but there are sometimes useful postings in there too.
  • Ron Rivest's Cryptography Page has lots of links.
  • CERT is responsible for helping disseminate information on security problems with computer systems.
  • Phrack is an electronic publication aimed at electronic hackers; read and enjoy, but don't abuse.
  • alt.2600 is yet another hacker publication, which also has a splufty web page.