Robert J. Hansen rjh at
Tue Jan 29 22:22:26 CET 2008

Alan Olsen wrote:
> The reduced rounds issue is enough of an excuse to get me to
> recommend that our customers upgrade.

If your customers are businesses, the upgrade pill can be made easier to
swallow by pointing out that AES is a NIST standard and may be required
by future government regulations for some kinds of transactions.  Pitch
it as "we should look into migrating to AES now, rather than do a rushed
job of it at the last minute" and you may find things easier.

While IDEA is for time being a safe choice, it is not a government
standard and is unlikely to ever play a major role in NIST, SEC, NBS,
etc. standards for data protection.

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