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I am a programmer with about 7 years of experience mainly in Java . I am interested in the subject of cryptography very much . I love algorithms and datastructures . When I first started learning about Algorithms , I found the book Introduction to Algorithms by CLRS really really helpful . Then I picked up Steven Skienna's book - the Algorithm Design Manual which built upon the concepts presented in CLRS.

While studying up on IT Security I would like to do it in a similar systematic way . Can you Gurus please guide me on how to get started with IT Security,mainly cryptography . Any books , resources that I should pick up first before diving into more specific topics ?

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Hi Geek, welcome to Information Security. This is not a great fit for our site, its jus asking for a list of books - see the faq. But look around, you may find other books mentioned elsewhere. –  AviD Oct 18 '12 at 17:06

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Practical Cryptography by Bruce Schneier is an interesting read if you're interested in how cryptography works and the evolution of protocols. It's not a programming reference, which may be good or bad depending on what you are looking to learn.

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@GdP can you please provide the link to this book ? Is it this one ? –  Geek Oct 18 '12 at 16:17
    
@Geek, that's the one. –  GdD Oct 18 '12 at 20:50

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