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Black Hat: We need agency focused on fixing internet's problems

Tim Greene | Aug. 5, 2016
The agency needs the funding and bureaucratic bulk to fend off the NSA, says Dan Kaminsky.

Kaminsky calls for an end to the current battle over encryption and the push by law enforcement to have backdoors so they can decrypt communications. He says it's necessary in order for businesses and individuals to continue using the internet. Without encryption, he says, there would be no cloud because no one would trust it.

He cited a statistic from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration that about half of Americans backing away from using the internet because of concerns about security and privacy. "The encryption debate is shutting down trust," he says.

He says he set up a website that acts as a browser for PCs and found that it was used without people worrying about security or whether the sites they went to were being logged.

Improving trust and actual security are important, he says, because the internet is helping drive commerce. "We need to help the thing that's running our economy right now."

Source: CIO U.S.

 

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