DES Definition

dēē-ĕs
abbreviation
Data encryption standard.
American Heritage
Diethylstilbestrol.
Webster's New World
pronoun

Short form of the male given name Desmond.

Wiktionary
prefix

Earlier and now almost obsolete form of dis- implying reversal of sense of succeeding word.

Wiktionary
other
Short for diethylstilbestrol. A synthetic nonsteroidal substance having estrogenic properties and prescribed between 1938 and 1971 to pregnant women with a history of miscarriage and other problems of pregnancy. It is no longer used due to the incidence of certain vaginal cancers and other disorders in the daughters of women so treated.
American Heritage Science

An encryption standard developed by IBM and adopted by the United States government in 1976 for non-classified applications. DES also was widely used by financial institutions for electronic financial transfers. DES uses a 56-bit key, which subsequently proved to be vulnerable to attack as computer processors increased in speed and cryptanalysis tools became more sophisticated. DES has since been superseded by standards such as Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and Triple DES. See also AES, encryption, security, and Triple DES.

Webster's New World Telecom
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