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RSA president questions government's role in cybersecurity

Martyn Williams | April 30, 2015
The president of one of the world's biggest computer security vendors says he is skeptical that a stronger government role in cyberdefense will abate the growing number of attacks.

Many of these issues were at the fore last week, when industry experts gathered for the RSA Conference in San Francisco.

One of the conference speakers was Jeh Johnson, the Homeland Security Secretary, who addressed increased use of encryption in the last couple of years -- something that has been largely triggered by revelations over U.S. intelligence collection programs.

"Encryption is making it harder for your government to find criminal activity, and potential terrorist activity," said Johnson, before appealing to the crowd of security experts to "help find a solution."

But Yoran isn't persuaded.

"It's absolutely the wrong direction, he said, underlining that this was his personal view. "By every measure, the increased use of technology has made intelligence collection and surveillance far greater and more effective than it has ever been before and reduced privacy by every possible measure."

"Given how badly the security industry is being beaten by the bad guys, anything which in any way, shape or form reduces the effectiveness of protections available to network defenders is a step in the wrong direction," he said.

Yoran, who describes himself as a "pretty sensitive privacy guy" has already made a move to encryption in his personal life. He said he stopped using What's App when it was acquired by Facebook and started using Wickr, an instant messaging client that features end-to-end encryption and self-destructing messages.

 

 

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