Research Bazaar: Basic cryptography and SSH remote logins

This lecture covers the basics of cryptography, and how it applies to the SSH suite of programs.  SSH can be used to do safe and efficient data communications: remote logins, remote file copy, and similar tasks; and is indispensable for using Linux servers -- among other things.

The subjects covered includes:

  • symmetric and asymmetric cryptography, public key cryptography
  • ssh key authentication
  • ssh agents
  • ssh tunnelling and port forwarding

If time permits, the lecture will segue in to a short workshop where we can help participants set up ssh keys on the laptops they bring with them.

Learning objectives:

  • Participants should be able to use ssh efficiently and safely
  • Participants should be able to make informed decisions involving cryptography

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Basic familiarity with computers is needed. Having used the Linux shell would be a plus.

Target audience

Anyone who wants to use remote logins to Linux machines.


Hans Peter Verne

Published Jan. 10, 2018 2:14 PM - Last modified Feb. 5, 2018 12:52 PM