How Encryption Works

Encryption is a powerful security tool that can protect confidential data, stop hackers from breaking in, and verify the identity of remote users. But how does this mysterious technology work? We’ll explain the basic concepts of encryption in a way that anyone can understand, and demystify common technologies like web site encryption, hard drive encryption, certificate-based authentication, digital signing, and more. Along the way, we’ll learn about the ways that hackers bypass and break encryption, and the key steps you can take to use it most effectively. As a bonus, we’ll learn about how cryptocurrency works, since it uses the same technology! After watching this talk, you’ll understand how encryption works, why it sometimes doesn’t, and what you can do to protect your organization.


Sherri Davidoff
Chief Executive Officer
LMG Security

Sherri Davidoff is the CEO of LMG Security and the author of three books, including “Ransomware and Cyber Extortion” and “Data Breaches: Crisis and Opportunity. As a recognized expert in cybersecurity, she has been called a “security badass” by the New York Times. Sherri is a regular instructor at the renowned Black Hat trainings and a faculty member at the Pacific Coast Banking School. She is also the co-author of Network Forensics: Tracking Hackers Through Cyberspace (Prentice Hall, 2012), and has been featured as the protagonist in the book, Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called “Alien.” Sherri is a GIAC-certified forensic examiner (GCFA) and penetration tester (GPEN) and received her degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT.