I attended this Web cast. It is announced in this way:
Cryptography API: Next Generation (CNG) is the new Microsoft cryptography infrastructure built into the Windows Vista operating system and Windows Server code name “Longhorn.” Designed with extensibility and ease of use in mind, CNG is fully compliant with the National Security Administration’s Suite B protocols recommendation and uses the new elliptical curve cryptography (ECC) algorithms. In this session, we discuss how CNG works, and we explore what enhancements there are from Microsoft Cryptography API (CAPI). Join us for an inside look at how CNG changes cryptography within Windows.
Presenter: Rocky Heckman, Senior Security Consultant, Microsoft Corporation
Aside from first part which covers Crypto Basics and History of CAPI 1.0 and 2.0, which is well known for people who work in this area, part of story about Crypto API Next Generation (CNG) was interesting.
Interesting links are:
- Microsoft® Windows® Cryptographic Next Generation Software Development Kit for Windows Vista: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=1ef399e9-b018-49db-a98b-0ced7cb8ff6f&displaylang=en
- CNG in MSDN: Cryptography API: Next Generation http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-US/library/aa376210.aspx
I’ve also learned that Microsoft probably will not compete for the new cryptographic hash function announced by NIST (see details about this competition here).