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 Nick Merrill, a cryptographer and digital democracy expert, agrees that smartphone voting would disenfranchise voters because the U.S. has not invested in a robust mobile digital infrastructure. Dan Patterson, CBS News, "Why can't I vote on my phone?," 2 Nov. 2020 Benaloh, still at Microsoft, would be the lead cryptographer. Benjamin Wofford, Wired, "A Texas County Clerk’s Bold Crusade to Transform How We Vote," 15 Sep. 2020 Prolific academic cryptographer Seny Kamara of Brown University had something other than formulas and theorems on his mind. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "How Cryptography Lets Down Marginalized Communities," 31 Aug. 2020 For the work, Aumasson, a cryptographer, validated and refined vulnerability discoveries made by Omer Shlomovits, cofounder of the key-management firm KZen Networks. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Flaws Could Have Exposed Cryptocurrency Exchanges to Hackers," 9 Aug. 2020 Enlisted in the Army in 1951 and served through the end of the Korean War in 1953 as a cryptographer. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Denver school connects students to WWII veterans before stories are lost," 23 Feb. 2020 Whitfield Diffie is a cryptographer and one of the pioneers of public-key cryptography. Whitfield Diffie, Scientific American, "The Encryption Wars Are Back, but in Disguise," 30 June 2020 But Signal stands apart, both for its rich features and the fact that its code has been open source for years, meaning cryptographers have had plenty of opportunities to poke and prod it for flaws. Brian Barrett, Wired, "How to Get the Most Out of Signal and Private Messaging," 6 June 2020 But key escrow schemes have been resisted by cryptographers and others as inherently too risky, because a single private key in this case would allow access to every device from the manufacturer. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "The broken record of breaking encryption skips again in Florida shooter case," 15 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of cryptographer was in 1641

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“Cryptographer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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