ECC: A real race winner

This year could see Christian Horner and co. at Red Bull lift the Formula One constructor's trophy once again - for the fourth time in as many years.

Now that's what you call dominance.

And how do they achieve this? Through a relentless effort to reach technical excellence.

The world of internet security isn't too dissimilar. It's an ever-changing starting grid with new rules and expectations introduced regularly. Of course, there's no possibility of implementing this at the expense of security or integrity.

Next year, 1024-bit encryption will be replaced by 2048-bit encryption. Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) is being introduced in response - it's also far more suited to coping with increasing connections via tablet and mobile devices.

The similarities to Red Bull don't end there. With more horsepower per pound, ECC is both lighter, with its shorter key lengths, and faster than its RSA and DSA counterparts. Plus, it promises better security than ever.

The starting line

ECC is actually a few decades old. Created back in 1985 by Miller and Koblitz, two gifted mathematicians, ECC was considered too slow at first.

And now speed is even more important as browsing on the go increases to unprecedented levels.

A solution has been found however and by 2008 Symantec's ECC certificate roots were placed.

2013: Race ready

ECC is faster because it requires less computing power. Its key lengths are much shorter than that of RSA or DSA, providing us with improved speed - something your visitors are sure to thank you for.

And just like motor sports, security is a chief concern. ECC is twelve times stronger than RSA. In fact, 256-bit ECC equals 3072-bit RSA encryption.

Better suited to mobile, and with higher speeds and better protection, it could be like Fort Knox on wheels for your site.

Symmetric Key Size (bits) RSA Key Size (bits) Elliptic Curve Key Size (bits)
80 1024 160
112 2048 224
128 3072 256
192 7680 384
256 15360 521

It doesn't even cost anything!

ECC will be available with our Pro Symantec products - Symantec Secure Site Pro and Symantec Secure Site Pro EV. It's also an investment: it will increase the lifespan of your hardware as its key lengths increase far slower than your average encryption.

And seeing as Symantec’s roots have had five years, your ecosystem will have no problems recognizing your ECC certificate.

If you'd like any more information, give us a call or send us an email. 1-800-511-9176 @SSL247 SSL247 on Facebook

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Posted on Friday 20 September 2013 by Ryan Cordell

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