US National Intelligence Director Says Snowden Hastened Encryption By 7 Years

“As a result of the Snowden revelations, the onset of commercial encryption has accelerated by seven years,” James Clapper said during a breakfast for journalists hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

The shortened timeline has had “a profound effect on our ability to collect, particularly against terrorists,” he said.

When pressed by The Intercept to explain his figure, Clapper said it came from the National Security Agency. “The projected growth maturation and installation of commercially available encryption — what they had forecasted for seven years ahead, three years ago, was accelerated to now, because of the revelation of the leaks.” Asked if that was a good thing, leading to better protection for American consumers from the arms race of hackers constantly trying to penetrate software worldwide, Clapper answered no.

“From our standpoint, it’s not … it’s not a good thing,” he said.

Technologists have been tirelessly working to strengthen encryption for decades, not just the past few years. But Snowden’s revelations about the pervasiveness of mass surveillance clearly accelerated its more widespread availability.

And technologists say the threat of law enforcement “going dark” has been overhyped. For instance, there are almost always ways to hack around encryption, even if you can’t break it.

Clapper acknowledged that there is no such thing as unbreakable encryption from his perspective. “In the history of mankind, since we’ve been doing signals intelligence, there’s really no such thing, given proper time, and proper application of technology.”
The Intercept: http://bit.ly/1VUai36

 

« Zuckerberg Thinks AI Will Know Everything About You.
Important IT Security Requirements For Business Leaders (£) »

CyberSecurity Jobsite
Perimeter 81

Directory of Suppliers

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR: Gen AI for Security: Adoption strategies with Amazon Bedrock

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR: Gen AI for Security: Adoption strategies with Amazon Bedrock

Watch this webinar and get a comprehensive roadmap for securely adopting generative AI using Amazon Bedrock, a fully managed service that offers a choice of high-performing foundation models (FMs).

IT Governance

IT Governance

IT Governance is a leading global provider of information security solutions. Download our free guide and find out how ISO 27001 can help protect your organisation's information.

ZenGRC

ZenGRC

ZenGRC - the first, easy-to-use, enterprise-grade information security solution for compliance and risk management - offers businesses efficient control tracking, testing, and enforcement.

Practice Labs

Practice Labs

Practice Labs is an IT competency hub, where live-lab environments give access to real equipment for hands-on practice of essential cybersecurity skills.

NordLayer

NordLayer

NordLayer is an adaptive network access security solution for modern businesses — from the world’s most trusted cybersecurity brand, Nord Security. 

InfoSecurity Magazine

InfoSecurity Magazine

Infosecurity Magazine has over ten years of experience providing knowledge and insight into the information security industry.

RioRey

RioRey

The DDoS mitigation specialist, from single server to Enterprise wide carrier level networks the RioRey Solution provides effective immediate and easy to manage protection.

Cyber Data-Risk Managers

Cyber Data-Risk Managers

Cyber Data-Risk Managers Pty Ltd is an insurance broker based in Melbourne, Australia specializing in Cyber insurance / Data breach insurance.

NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA)

NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA)

The NCIA Cyber Security Service Line is responsible for planning and executing all life cycle management activities for cyber security.

FixMeStick

FixMeStick

FixMeStick is a virus removal device, a USB key that removes malware conventional antivirus software often can’t detect.

Future of Cyber Security Europe

Future of Cyber Security Europe

Future of Cyber Security Europe is a European wide event examining the latest cyber security strategies and technologies.

Quadible

Quadible

Quadible BehavAuth is an AI-platform that continuously authenticates the users, without the need of any input, by learning their behavioural patterns.

Eco Recycling (Ecoreco)

Eco Recycling (Ecoreco)

Eco Recycling is India's first and leading professional E-waste Management Company that has set industry benchmarks with its innovative & environment friendly disposal practices.

Cybil

Cybil

Cybil is a publicly-available portal where members of the international cyber capacity building community can find and share information to support the design and delivery of programs and projects.

Cyber Security Cloud (CSC)

Cyber Security Cloud (CSC)

Cyber Security Cloud provides web application security services worldwide using world's leading cyber threat intelligence and AI technology.

ERI

ERI

ERI is the largest fully integrated IT and electronics asset disposition provider and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company in the United States.

Vulcan Cyber

Vulcan Cyber

At Vulcan, we’re modernizing the way enterprises reduce their cyber risk. From detection to resolution, we automate and orchestrate the vulnerability remediation process dynamically and at scale.

HB-Technologies

HB-Technologies

HB-Technologies is pioneer in Africa, in digital security, embedded electronic and IT solutions based on highly secure smart cards that comply with international standards and norms.

PrivacySavvy

PrivacySavvy

PrivacySavvy's mission is to provide you with all the information that you need to ensure that your internet privacy is intact, your devices are secure, and that any time you step online, you’re safe.

BlueAlly

BlueAlly

BlueAlly helps clients scale, optimize, and manage their IT resources to reach their business goals.

Supra ITS

Supra ITS

Supra ITS is a leading full-service technology partner offering IT Consulting, Cloud Services, 24x7 Managed IT & Cybersecurity Services, and IT Project Support.