John Wagnon discusses the basics and benefits of Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) in this episode of Lightboard Lessons. Check out this article on DevCentral that explains ECC encryption in more detail: source

Video 16 – “Cryptography Algorithms and Protocols” – This second nugget of the Cryptography domain lays out hashing concepts and algorithms like MD5 and SHA. Basic algorithms and encryption concepts are explored including: DES, 3DES, RSA, PGP, Elliptic curve (ECC), AES/AES256, One time pad, SSL/TLS, S/MIME, and PPTP/L2TP. source