Title

VIGvisual: A visualization tool for the Vigenère cipher

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2015

Department

Department of Computer Science, Center for Scalable Architectures and Systems

Abstract

This paper describes a visualization tool VIGvisual that helps students learn and instructors teach the Vigenère cipher. The software allows the user to visualize both encryption and decryption through a variety of cipher tools. The demo mode is useful and efficient for classroom presentation. The practice mode allows the user to practice encryption and decryption. VIGvisual is quite versatile, providing support for both beginners learning how to encrypt and decrypt, and also for the more advanced users wishing to practice cryptanalysis in the attack mode. Classroom evaluation of the tool was positive.

Publication Title

Proceedings of the 2015 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education

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