I am interested to know if work factor means the same thing as time complexity.
The Work Factor of a cryptosystem is related to its key-length and the working mechanism used (encryption and decryption algorithms). For example, if the brute force attack method is used to break the system (trying all possible combinations of the key), then the work factor is directly proportional to the length of the key.
This sounds awfully similar to what time complexity means to me. I hope to find out if the terminologies are similar.