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AES Resulted in a $250-Billion Economic Benefit

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NIST has released a [new study](<https://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/gcr/2018/NIST.GCR.18-017.pdf>) [concluding](<https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2018/09/nists-encryption-standard-has-minimum-250-billion-economic-benefit>) that the AES encryption standard has resulted in a $250-billion worldwide economic benefit over the past 20 years. I have no idea how to even begin to assess the quality of the study and its conclusions -- it's all in the 150-page report, though -- but I do like the pretty block diagram of AES on the report's cover.