Backdoors in Cybersecurity Tools Gives Privacy Only to Outlaws
February 12, 2019
Hosted by Rebecca Herold
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 surveillance tactics 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 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 and news, with fascinating guests, to help all organizations, and the general public, understand what they need to do to mitigate these risks.
Rebecca has 25-plus 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/CEO of Privacy Security Brainiacs online services, where Rebecca engineered the systems and created all the content, including automated risk assessments and training courses. Rebecca has authored 20 books, contributed to dozens of other books, and published hundreds of articles. Rebecca led the NIST Smart Grid Privacy Subgroup for 7 years, a member of the NIST Privacy Framework development team, and is a NIST Cybersecurity for IoT Program team member. Rebecca has provided expert witness services for HIPAA compliance, IoT security, privacy and location tracking, retirement community members’ personal data misuse, and other cases. Rebecca was 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 Adjunct Professor for the Norwich University MSISA program for 9 years. Rebecca has received numerous awards, including named as a Top 100 Women Fighting Cybercrime and a Cybersecurity Woman of the Year. Rebecca has provided keynotes on 5 continents and is frequently interviewed on TV and in international publications. Rebecca holds the following certifications: FIP, CDPSE, CISSP, CISA, CISM, CIPT, CIPM, CIPP/US, FLMI. Ponemon Privacy Fellow. Rebecca is based in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.