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(also Advanced Encryption Standard, AES)

Rijndael definition

Rijndael, developed by Vincent Rijmen and Joan Daemen, is a symmetric encryption algorithm that gained fame as the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). It is the most widespread encryption method.

See also: Network encryption, AES encryption

The history of Rijndael

In 1993 two Belgian cryptographers, Vincent Rijmen and Joan Daemen, began their pioneering work on the algorithm. Their primary goal was to create a highly secure and efficient encryption method.

In 1997, after years of dedicated research, the cryptographers proposed Rijndael as a candidate for the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) competition. It was organized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The contest’s purpose was to identify a new encryption standard and ensure stronger data protection in the digital age.

In the years that followed, Rijndael underwent rigorous analysis and evaluation by the cryptographic community and NIST. In 2001, Rijndael was officially selected as the AES for the United States government. Later it was embraced by governments and industries worldwide.

Today, Rijndael remains a crucial element in modern cryptography, securing information and the digital landscape for generations to come.

Further reading

Ultimate digital security