SECURITY: Encrypted Messaging Isn’t Magic. Encrypted communication used to be too complicated for mainstream use, but approachable apps like WhatsApp and Signal have become a no-brainer for digital privacy. With all of their security-minded features, like disappearing messages and identity-confirming safety numbers, secure chat apps can rightfully give you peace of mind. You should absolutely use them. As the adage goes, though, there’s no such thing as perfect security. And feeling invincible could get you in trouble. Read more
LAWS: Proposed ENCRYPT Bill to Create National Data Encryption Rules. U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu reintroduces a bill that would prohibit states and localities from creating their own rules about encryption as well as preventing them from banning encryption. Read more
INTERVIEW: The FBI Blunder on Phone Encryption, Explained. The FBI has been arguing for years that the approach of Apple and other companies that strongly encrypt phones is a big problem for law enforcement, which cannot get access to information it needs to catch criminals. Some days ago, these claims led to a big controversy when it turned out the FBI had been accidentally exaggerating the number of phones it couldn’t open for years. Susan Landau is a renowned cryptographer and the author of the recent book “Listening In: Cybersecurity in an Insecure Age,” which looks at the argument between the FBI and the cryptographic community. In a recent interview, she talks about her book and how to get law enforcement to a higher level of technological sophistication. Read more
OPINION: The Case For End-To-End Encryption. The use of encryption is as old as the internet itself, and most systems natively support end-to-end encryption. In addition to the wide usage of public key infrastructure (PKI) encryption, keys are widely available to provide strong protection for sensitive data. Having said that, the usage of end-to-end encryption is still limited. Here are two main issues that contribute to the limitation of using end-to-end encryption. Read more
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BLUE MOUNTAIN DATA SYSTEMS HAS THE EXPERIENCE: 1994 to Present – U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration. Responsible to the Office of Technology and Information Systems for information systems architecture, planning, applications development, networking, administration and IT security, supporting the enforcement of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act — ERISA. Within the EBSA, Blue Mountain is responsible for design, development and support for its various enforcement database management systems, as well as all case tracking and customer service inquiry systems. Blue Mountain also provides IT security services to the EBSA, in the form of FISMA Assessment and Authorization, System Security Plans, Risk and vulnerability assessments, monitoring and investigation support. Read more.