Course 410: Cryptographic security in the GC


This course covers the basic concepts of cryptography and key management systems in the Government of Canada (GC). It uses lectures and demonstrations to explain how cryptography is used to protect information.

As an introduction, learners will revisit past efforts to protect sensitive information and learn the measures used by cryptanalysts to break those ciphers. At this level, instruction does not cover the mathematical concepts behind cryptography.


  • Review and understand the evolution of cryptography
  • Explore and describe basic concepts of cryptography including secret key and public key systems
  • Identify common encryption methods
  • Differentiate cryptographic key management systems and their applications
  • Illustrate how the GC uses cryptography in everyday business
  • Summarize the GC Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)

Target audience

GC personnel working in an Information Technology (IT) security area, who require an understanding of how cryptography and related cryptographic systems are used to protect sensitive GC information.


Participants must successfully complete a final exam for official certification. (Passing grade = 75%)

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