Cryptography Expert to Speak at Briar Cliff

Cryptography expert Don Costello will present “Cryptography: From Enigma to Elliptical Curve,” at 8 p.m., Monday, April 15, 2013, Heelan Hall, Room 76, at Briar Cliff University.

In his presentation, Costello, associate professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, will discuss the history of cryptography, the science of communicating in secret codes, from the enigma used by the Germans in World War II to today’s systems playing key roles in e-commerce and business innovations.

A fellow of the British Computing Society and distinguished lecturer for the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Costello has addressed audiences worldwide and has assisted in developing computing departments at three major universities where he has been on the faculty. A 40-year member of ACM, Costello has founded and sold several computing science firms and has served as a consultant to over 100 government, business and colleges clients.

For more information about this free public event, contact Tom Kleen, BCU assistant professor of computer science, at

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