Advancements in encryption technology could be making us less safe, Attorney General William Barr said at the International Conference on Cybersecurity today. […]
The White House’s National Quantum Coordination Office is taking a 20-year view of the ongoing effort by the Federal government to create encryption technologies that will not be defeated by quantum computing technologies once quantum tech goes mainstream.[…]
Based on a study that examined about six million devices , Absolute’s 2019 Data & Device Risk Report found that 47 percent of the devices had disabled or malfunctioning encryption.[…]
A survey released by cybersecurity technology provider Venafi of 517 IT security professionals finds that 73 percent of those believe that countries with government-mandated encryption backdoors are more susceptible to nation-state attacks. “This is not rocket science; backdoors inevitably create vulnerabilities that can be exploited by malicious actors,” said Kevin Bocek, a vice president at […] […]
Reports that White House staffers have resorted to using an encrypted messaging app that erases messages as soon as they’re read has raised significant concerns that the practice may violate the Presidential Records Act.[…]
Use of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)/Transport Layer Security (TLS) encryption is estimated at 15-25 percent of all network traffic, and growing at 20 percent annually. But by 2017, Gartner predicts “more than 50 percent of network attacks will use SSL/TLS.”
Agencies need to inspect encrypted traffic to ensure hackers are not hiding in SSL traffic.[…]
Consumers comprehensively think that more needs to be done to protect their data, according to a study published by Purple Insights on behalf of ACT the App Association. But do they trust government or tech companies more?
While he was unable to address the Apple versus FBI case specifically, President Obama said he finds the discussion of encryption vitally important to national dialogue. “I am way on the civil liberties side of this thing,” he said Friday at the South by Southwest festival in Austin.[…]
Both Apple and the FBI are taking extreme stances in the encryption debate, which makes picking a side complicated, according to a panel at the Cybersecurity for New America Conference.[…]
Fight for the Future protesters gathered outside the FBI building in Washington, D.C., to stand against a court order that Apple create a program that would allow FBI officials to access the San Bernardino shooters’ phone. Apple CEO Tim Cook refused to comply with the order, creating a standoff between the company and the FBI.[…]
The Justice Department’s 35-page motion to compel Apple to comply with an earlier court order directing the company to assist the FBI in the San Bernardino mass shooting case presents a snappish point-by-point rebuttal of Apple CEO Tim Cook’s public refusal to cooperate with the government on the case.[…]
A Federal court order would force Apple to unlock the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists for the FBI. But the FBI versus Apple standoff has little to do with government surveillance powers and even less to do with imperiling the security of dissidents around the world. That’s just what the post-Snowden cottage industry of privacy-at-all-costs advocates, and Apple, want you to believe.[…]
Apple CEO Tim Cook has vowed to fight Uncle Sam’s request that the company create software that would help the FBI circumvent the security protections on the iPhone used by one of the terrorists in the December massacre in San Bernardino, calling the step “too dangerous.” Also, there’s buzz around the Department of Homeland Security’s social media monitoring.[…]
Encryption was a hot issue this week. FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee about the struggle of both counter-terrorism and law enforcement efforts in accessing information on encrypted devices, such as cellphones. And Reps. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, introduced the ENCRYPT Act as a means of combating the push for decryption.