During this time when the Internet provides essential communication between literally billions of people and is used as a tool for commerce, social interaction, and the exchange of an increasing amount of personal information, security has become a tremendously important issue for every user to deal with.
There are many aspects to security and many applications, ranging from secure commerce and payments to private communications and protecting health care information. One essential aspect for secure communications is that of cryptography. But it is important to note that while cryptography is necessary for secure communications, it is not by itself sufficient.
In your initial discussion post, please describe the hashing security mechanism and how it is different from the encryption mechanism.
Respond substantively to at least two other students’ posts. In your peer responses, please discuss how these mechanisms work to provide password security in today’s organizations. Can they be used together?