Backdoors in Cybersecurity Tools Gives Privacy Only to Outlaws

February 12, 2019
Hosted by Rebecca Herold

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The Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) encryption tool became freely available in 1991, drastically improving data security. It also stirred the ire of US government folks who could not surveil on the encrypted data. Dr. Philip Zimmermann, PGP creator, was then made target of a 3-year criminal investigation, while PGP became the most widely used email encryption software in the world. Worldwide attempts to compel tech companies to create weakened encryption has continued to increase in the name of safety. How does weakened security tech degrade the privacy of the population? Do terrorists & crooks use those weakened encryption tools? What are more effective ways of accessing communications of criminals & terrorists? How does weak encryption support surveillance worldwide? How is VoIP privacy impacted? What are some strong encryption tools available to consumers? What can support government adoption of strong encryption? Rebecca discusses these & related issues with Dr. Philip Zimmermann.

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There are more information security and privacy threats than ever before. As more technologies emerge, more big data analytics are used, and more artificial intelligence systems are deployed, cybersecurity and privacy risks grow exponentially. Rebecca has spent her entire career working to improve information security and privacy protections, by not only raising awareness of the issues within businesses and other types of organizations, but also by raising the awareness of these risks in the public and helping them to understand how to better protect their own personal data, allowing them to take their privacy protections into their own hands. Rebecca offers you information about these existing and emerging security and privacy risks and provides fresh insights into the impacts of exploiting these risks, and gives guidance, tips, expert advice, news, with fascinating guests, to help all organizations, and the general public, understand what they need to do to mitigate these risks.

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Rebecca Herold

Rebecca Herold

Rebecca has over 25 years of systems engineering, information security, privacy and compliance experience, is CEO of The Privacy Professor(r) consultancy she founded in 2004, and Co-Founder/President of SIMBUS, LLC Information Security, Privacy, Technology and Compliance cloud services. Rebecca engineered the systems and created all the content for the SIMBUS services, which include an automated risk assessment, a learning management system, breach impact calculator (the first to be published in 2002), breach response and breach management automated tasks system, to name a few. Rebecca has authored 19 books, contributed to several dozen other books, and published hundreds of articles. Rebecca led the NIST Smart Grid Privacy Subgroup for seven years, was a co-founder and officer of the IEEE P1912 Privacy and Security Architecture for Consumer Wireless Devices Working Group, and is on numerous advisory boards. Rebecca was an Adjunct Professor for the Norwich University MSISA program for nine years. Rebecca has received numerous awards for her work, and has provided keynotes on five continents to date. Rebecca is frequently interviewed, including regularly on the KCWI-TV (Des Moines) morning television show, serves on Advisory and Directors boards, provides expert witness services, and is quoted in diverse broadcasts and publications. Rebecca holds the following certifications: FIP, CISSP, CISA, CISM, CIPT, CIPM, CIPP/US, FLMI. Rebecca is based in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

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