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Encryption algorithm

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Definition Edit

An encryption algorithm (also called a cryptographic algorithm) is "[a] formula used to convert information into an unreadable format."[1]

Overview Edit

Using an algorithm, information is converted into meaningless ciphertext, which requires the use of a key to convert the ciphertext back into its original form.

References Edit

  1. Tax Information Security Guidelines For Federal, State and Local Agencies, at 152.

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