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    • ISSN: 1793-8201 (Print), 2972-4511 (Online)
    • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Comput. Theory Eng.
    • Frequency: Quarterly
    • DOI: 10.7763/IJCTE
    • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Mehmet Sahinoglu
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Prof. Mehmet Sahinoglu
Computer Science Department, Troy University, USA
I'm happy to take on the position of editor in chief of IJCTE. We encourage authors to submit papers concerning any branch of computer theory and engineering.

IJCTE 2011 Vol.3(4): 516-520 ISSN: 1793-8201
DOI: 10.7763/IJCTE.2011.V3.360

Lightweight Cryptography: Underlying Principles and Approaches

Sergey Panasenko and Sergey Smagin

Abstract—Lightweight cryptography is a branch of the modern cryptography, which covers cryptographic algorithms intended for use in devices with low or extremely low resources. Lightweight cryptography does not determine strict criteria for classifying a cryptographic algorithm as lightweight, but the common features of lightweight algorithms are extremely low requirements to essential resources of target devices. In this paper we propose generalized approaches to lightweight algorithms design. Also, we highlight some constraints and recommendations for implementation of lightweight algorithms. Finally, we anticipate several trends in lightweight cryptography.

Index Terms—Lightweight cryptography; symmetric block ciphers; RFID; matching ciphertext attacks; side-channel attacks

Dr. S. Panasenko, head of software development department, ANCUD Ltd., Moscow, Russia. E-mail:
S. Smagin, senior software developer, ANCUD Ltd., Moscow, Russia. E-mail:


Cite: Sergey Panasenko and Sergey Smagin, "Lightweight Cryptography: Underlying Principles and Approaches," International Journal of Computer Theory and Engineering vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 516-520, 2011.

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