The Data Encryption Standard (DES) and Alternatives

  • Christof PaarEmail author
  • Jan Pelzl


The Data Encryption Standard (DES) has been by far the most popular block cipher for most of the last 30 years. Even though it is nowadays not considered secure against a determined attacker because the DES key space is too small, it is still used in legacy applications. Furthermore, encrypting data three times in a row with DES — a process referred to as 3DES or triple DES — yields a very secure cipher which is still widely used today (Section 3.5 deals with 3DES.) Perhaps what is more important, since DES is by far the best-studied symmetric algorithm, its design principles have inspired many current ciphers. Hence, studying DES helps us to understand many other symmetric algorithms.


Block Cipher Advance Encryption Standard Data Encryption Standard Differential Cryptanalysis Analytical Attack 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electrical Engineering and Information SciencesRuhr-Universität BochumBochumGermany
  2. 2.Zentrum für IT-Sicherheitescrypt GmbH — Embedded SecurityBochumGermany

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