cryp·​tog·​ra·​pher | \ krip-ˈtä-grə-fər How to pronounce cryptographer (audio) \

Definition of cryptographer

: a specialist in cryptography: such as
a : a clerk who enciphers and deciphers messages
b : one who devises cryptographic methods or systems

Examples of cryptographer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The numbers these researchers used global multithread computing to crack were 240 digits long, and there are infinite prime numbers for cryptographers to choose from for the entire future. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Crack Longest, Most Complex Encryption Key Ever," 6 Dec. 2019 Its developer, Open Whisper Systems, has won accolades from security experts and cryptographers, and the system is available for Apple and Android devices, along with desktop computers. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "Tech Tip: How to securely send email and texts," 21 Nov. 2019 Google has already been distributing a technical paper that describes Private Join and Compute to academic and industry cryptographers. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Google Turns to Retro Cryptography to Keep Datasets Private," 19 June 2019 Mathematicians and cryptographers alike have long suspected this is the case. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematicians Seal Back Door to Breaking RSA Encryption," 17 Dec. 2018 An academic-style paper published by Grant and presented at Black Hat claims that most Internet cryptography can be cracked, but it has been challenged by mathematicians and cryptographers, as well as many other security professionals. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Snake oil or genius? Crown Sterling tells its side of Black Hat controversy," 29 Aug. 2019 To counter the risk, cryptographers are developing less vulnerable trap door algorithms. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Cryptographers scramble to protect the internet from hackers with quantum computers," 21 Aug. 2019 But a full migration will take years, cautions Nick Sullivan, an applied cryptographer at Cloudflare. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Cryptographers scramble to protect the internet from hackers with quantum computers," 21 Aug. 2019 Court's last World War II vet Born in 1920, Stevens enlisted in the Navy just hours before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and later served out his time there as a cryptographer. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens dead at age 99," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of cryptographer

1641, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cryptographer

cryptography + -er entry 2

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14 Dec 2019

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“Cryptographer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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