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Which of the following aspects of symmetric key encryption influenced the development of
asymmetric encryption?

Processing power

Volume of data

Key distribution

Complexity of the algorithm

Symmetric key encryption requires that the keys be distributed. The larger the user group, the more
challenging the key distribution. Symmetric key cryptosystems are generally less complicated and,
therefore, use less processing power than asymmetrictechniques, thus making it ideal for
encrypting a large volume of datA. The major disadvantage is the need to get the keys into the
hands of those with whom you want to exchange data, particularly in e-commerce environments,
where customers are unknown, untrusted entities.

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