CSLogoR48Cryptosmith Institute is a retirement-time enterprise of Dr. Rick Smith, author of Elementary Information Security (Jones and Bartlett, 2011, 2015), Internet Cryptography (Addison-Wesley, 1997) and Authentication: From Passwords to Public Keys (Addison-Wesley, 2002). Rick currently teaches in the MSSE program at the University of Minnesota. Previously he taught at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and Boston University.

Contact information is available on a separate page.

Topics covered on this web site are strongly influenced by Dr. Smith’s experiences with large scale information security problems, with the information security challenges of the defense community, and with the materials addressed in his books.


This particular Rick Smith/Cryptosmith is not, nor has ever been any of the following:

  • CEO of Equfax, who stepped down after bad PR about their cybersecurity
  • A consultant for the ACLU in New York
  • A golf pro
  • A pro hockey player
  • A promoter of cryptocurrencies

I will add to this list as needed.