(Advanced Encryption Standard)- is a specification for encrypting electronically stored data using symmetric key algorithms. It was adopted by the US government circa 2000, replacing the antiquated and compromised encryption standard at the time, DES. It is now the most commonly used symmetric-key algorithm, with hardware-accelerated AES ASIC’s permeating the consumer/enterprise market. See also: Symetric-key, Encryption

AES was last modified: February 1st, 2017 by James Piedra