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Cooking with Cryptography


The cryptography library emerged in 2014 with the goal of becoming Python's "cryptographic standard library". It is designed to be easy to use but flexible, exposing a recipes layer for common use cases, and a hazmat layer that provides crypto primitives but demands users know what they're doing in order to use them properly.

This talk will explain the motivations and goals of the cryptography library, take a tour of its features and discuss its implementation. cryptography will be compared to some other popular and emerging crypto libraries. Finally, we will examine some real-world use of the library.

Audience members should have a passing familiarity with cryptography (e.g. know the differences between hashing and encryption, or public key and private key crypto) to get the most out of this talk.


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