DES in the financial community

C Matthew Curtin (
Thu, 3 Apr 1997 14:25:46 -0500 (EST)

I just got off the phone with someone from the security department of
a really big bank. (Are there any small ones anymore?)

After explaining what we're doing, and the need to relate our effort
to something nontechnical people can easily identify with, I got some
good feedback for the press release. Also, he told me that he
supports the effort, and thinks there will be some significant
interest in our status (but not necessarily helping us calculate
keys :-) within the organization.

The phrase I'm going to use in the press release to relate our work to
everyday folks is "DES is widely used in the financial community to
increase the security of its communications." He agreed that is
accurate, and generic enough that it shouldn't cause anyone in the
financial community to flip out.

Currently, I'm having a friend who is a professional PR/Marketing type
take a pass at the final-draft-plus-suggested-changes.

Matt Curtin  Chief Scientist  Megasoft, Inc.    I speak only for myself
Death to small keys.  Crack DES NOW!