provide what you think about the statement below, be detailed in your answer. ” Standard DES with 56-bit key length can be broken relatively easily nowadays through an exhaustive key search.” The Ineffective Nature of Standard DES Encryption

Standard DES Encryption is Inefficient

IBM created the Data Encryption Standard or DES in the late 1970s. The standard was adopted quickly by the US government. DES is a symmetric key encryption algorithm. This means both the sender as well as the recipient of the data has the same key. Its key length is limited to 56 bits. A standard such as DES is problematic because hackers can crack DES-encrypted messages more easily with increasing computer power. With the emergence and advancement of technologies such as quantum computing, it is becoming increasingly easier for a hacker to carry out an “exhaustive key search” and break even the strongest DES codes (Rodwell & Meier, 2015).   A set length key means the keys can be shared between two people, with the possibility of being intercepted or broken. This idea was proven during the NSA breach in 2020 when a cryptoprocessor using a DES56 key length was hacked and US intelligence services were compromised (Solon, 2020).   Evidently, the 56-bit standard DES encryption key is insufficient to protect against an attack. Higher encryption levels are needed to protect sensitive data, especially in the digital age where sophisticated hacking is common (Quinlan 2002).   References  Quinlan, J. (2021 March 8, 2021). Cybersecurity: Eight Ways to Protect your Business. The Balance Small Business.  Rodwell, D., & Meier, S. (2015). Cryptography and security systems. CRC Press.  Solon, O. (2020, November 17,). The rise and fall Tailored Access: How the NSA was hacked. The Guardian…

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