cryp·​to·​sys·​tem ˌkrip-tō-ˈsi-stəm How to pronounce cryptosystem (audio)
: a method for encoding and decoding messages

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In one foul swoop, Shor’s work raised the prospect that any public key cryptosystem could be cracked by a quantum computer in future. Discover Magazine, 10 Jan. 2023 In a quantum cryptosystem, particles such as photons would encode information in the directions of their spins and be shunted down a wire to a recipient. Veronique Greenwood, Discover Magazine, 6 June 2011 Since the 1970s, the RSA cryptosystem, which uses very large prime numbers to create public keys that serve as the basis of the security protocol for data communicated between Internet applications, has proven to be relatively effective. Vinit Patel, Fortune, 1 July 2022 Although Peter Shor of Bell Labs published a paper in 1994 showing that a quantum algorithm could crack the RSA cryptosystem, machines that can run such an algorithm haven’t been developed—yet. Vinit Patel, Fortune, 1 July 2022 Conti also appeared to drum up ideas for a cryptosystem by holding a competition on a hacker forum, as first reported by investigative journalist Brian Krebs. Matt Burgess, Wired, 17 Mar. 2022 The Danish sugar beet auction established the feasibility of a cryptosystem that could manage both computation and private inputs. Kazuhiro Gomi, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 So why is the internet still overleveraging a cryptosystem that is coming up on 45 years old? Lila Kee, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Obviously, this would be another potentially catastrophic touch point to have your cryptosystem fail you. Lila Kee, Forbes, 6 May 2021 See More

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Word History


crypto- + system

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cryptosystem was in 1949

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“Cryptosystem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

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