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Encryption: No adoption without simplicity; no security without adoption

"Without simplicity we don't have adoption and without adoption we don't have security," says Linus Chang, Scram Software, adding, quantum computers predicted to break encryption by 2029; many cryptocurrencies won't be secure.

Why is crypto so slow? What factors are behind such cautious development?

Tech moves fast, but cryptography - the field which holds it all up - runs at a decidedly slower pace, marking its breakthroughs in years, not quarters. With something so inherently important, why would it be so slow to evolve?

Avoiding cyber-attacks with the correct cloud strategy

Businesses can avoid or reduce the impact an attack has on their company if they use the correct cloud strategy when controlling their security. Technical security must be accompanied by organisational & personnel measures.

Latest Cryptomix variant released

Just days after the creators of the Cryptomix ransomware came out with a new variant, another was issued that again changed the extension on the encrypted files.

CryptoMix ransomware variant carries new .tastylock extension

Cyber-criminals have given CryptoMix ransomware a few minor twists, including adding a new extension name to the encrypted files.

Self-inflicted ransomware: Is your data hostage to uncontrolled encryption?

Employees have to choose between leaving data unprotected, disrupting their work to use the company encryption tool, or protecting data on their own; once an employee encrypts a file on their own, the company has no control.

Symantec endpoint zero-day unpatched for months

A vulnerability in Symantec endpoint clients remains unpatched months after disclosure, according to security researchers.

LinkedIn access down across much of the globe, encryption down for others

Yesterday large parts of the world were without their LinkedIn accounts due to an SSL certificate expiry and those that were able to login were browsing without encryption, meaning all of their data was potentially at risk.

Hack Proof in an ideal world, quantum computer pretty secure in ours

Given the proven problems of deployment and the ingenuity of attackers sidestepping security controls, it's unwise to describe anything as hack-proof - but that appeared to be the claim for a new quantum computer.

FBI hasn't cracked Texas shooter's mobile phone

The FBI hasn't yet broken the phone belonging to a gunman who went on a shooting rampage in a Texas church, killing 26 and wounding 24.

Making data security a priority in a cloud first world

Moving to the cloud? Don't neglect the security challenges. Ensure you have a security policy that works seamlessly across on-premise and cloud says Dave Nicholson

Full Disk Encryption (FDE) - getting off on the right foot protecting data

Deploying BitLocker is only a start to effective full disk encryption explains Mark Hickman adding that on-demand encryption/decryption must be made easy, even transparent for employees, or they to look for hacks.

Shining a light into encrypted tunnels - 5 worst things attackers can do

Organisations must secure their encrypted tunnels or risk leaving themselves at the mercy of cyber-attackers says Nick Hunter who insists they can, and must, implement centralised intelligence and automated systems.

Amber Rudd knows nothing about encryption, says Amber Rudd

Nobody expects Rudd to have a PhD in cryptography but she does need to understand how backdooring encryption would disadvantage perfectly legitimate businesses and potentially cost them dearly.

Data security game-changer - why newest mainframe important to banks

While the world has been riding from the boom of new technology innovations in 2017, the mainframe has recently reaffirmed its rightful place at the top of the financial security technology field says Richard Whomes

No mistake - New CryptoMix ransomware variant spotted called ERROR

A new CryptoMix ransomware variant called ERROR has been released that includes a new extension added to the encrypted files, ransom note and new encryption keys.

Rudd reaps tech industry backlash for proposal to undermine encryption

UK home secretary Amber Rudd faced a barrage of criticism after she warned social media and tech companies that the Government may introduce laws to clamp down on extremist content if companies do not take action themselves.

Research: businesses over confident about ability to fend off hackers

Combining the prioritisation of perimeter security and lack of knowledge in data security, according to Gemalto, is brewing an environment where businesses will soon lack the ability to fend off complex cyber-attacks.

Jahoodists misspell to cloak interactions from state surveillance

A new report has revealed the tricks IS sympathisers use to avoid automated law enforcement surveillance software.

European Parliament wants to enforce encryption on all electronic communications

The European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs wants to bring its stance on privacy into the 21st century.

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Government again takes aim at encryption after terrorists shake London

UK Prime Minister Theresa May says that technology companies are providing a "safe space" for terrorists.

German lawmakers press for encryption-busting Trojan

With a federal election scheduled for September, government officials in Germany are pressing for expanded hacking powers to be granted to law enforcement agencies, according to an article on ZDNet.

Late 2016 marks start of WhatsApp encryption back-ups to iCloud Drive

Facebook added another layer of protection for users of its WhatsApp encrypted mobile messaging service in late 2016

WhatsApp: should we choose security over privacy? And is there a choice?

Helen Davenport discusses whether the government should interfere in issues such as WhatsApp and encrypted messages.

Ten practical steps to protect your online privacy

Patrick Knight explores how to manage your account and passwords effectively, the power of encryption and alternate privacy apps that can secure sensitive data and communication.

Internet Society urges G20 to ensure 'ubiquitous encryption' of web

The president of The Internet Society has called on G20 leaders to protect encryption for the good of the world economy.

Encryption to come under renewed fire from European Commission in June

Encryption will face a make it or break it moment in June when the European Commission lays out new options for forcing internet companies to hand over the keys.

Amber Rudd renews call for intelligence services to break encryption

Despite many in the tech industry saying it won't work, home secretary Amber Rudd would like to persuade tech giants such as WhatsApp to break encryption for the intelligence services.

FBI director calls for 'hard conversation' on encryption and policing

Law enforcement is being blocked by encryption from accessing data they have every right to examine - it's time to build trust between police and the tech sector, says FBI director James Comey.