Modeling arithmetic systems of elliptic curve cryptography using Microsoft Excel VBA

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I.Syamsuddin*, orcid.org/0000-0002-6017-7364, Politeknik Negeri Ujung Pandang, Makassar, Indonesia

S.Syafaruddin, orcid.org/0000-0002-9915-7694, Universitas Hasanuddin, Makassar, Indonesia

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Naukovyi Visnyk Natsionalnoho Hirnychoho Universytetu. 2024, (1): 162 - 166

https://doi.org/10.33271/nvngu/2024-1/162



Abstract:



Purpose.
This study aims to develop a new teaching module to illustrate the arithmetic systems of Elliptic Curve Cryptography, a powerful yet simple algorithm for information security, by exploring the capability of the Visual Basic Applications of Microsoft Excel in user friendly way.


Methodology.
The research is performed using research and development approach, which is divided into five steps utilizing VBA features of Microsoft Excel. It starts with modeling arithmetic in Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, then testing the validity through calculation and setup of the actual arithmetic of Elliptic Curve Cryptography using VBA Excel, before performing the test of the VBA application and finally visualizes the results in graphical mode.


Findings.
Novel teaching software based on of Microsoft Excel Visual Basic Applications is produced that is able to simulate arithmetic system behind Elliptic Curve Cryptography in an easy way for students.


Originality.
To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first simulation based on Excel VBA to illustrate the arithmetic systems of Elliptic Curve Cryptography for teaching purposes.


Practical value.
In general, mastering cryptography will need a steep learning curve; however, using Microsoft Excel as a simulation platform will accelerate learning. The main practical value is the ease of Microsoft Excel, which will turn cryptography learning which was commonly very difficult for student to become easier and user friendly.



Keywords:
educational process, elliptic curve cryptography, arithmetic system, Microsoft Excel, Visual Basic Applications

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