Leaked US report says encryption “best defense” to protect data

Gigaom

A newly leaked document courtesy of Edward Snowden revealed that some U.S. officials are encouraging the use of encryption as a means to protect data, which contrasts with British Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent statements against encrypted communications, according to a report by The Guardian.

The 2009 document penned by the U.S. National Intelligence Council, which supports the U.S. Director of National Intelligence and acts as the middleman between the intelligence and policy communities, explained that companies and the government are prone to attacks by nation-states and criminal syndicates “due to the slower than expected adoption…of encryption and other technologies.”

The report detailed a five-year prognosis on the “global cyber threat to the US information infrastructure” and stated that encryption technology is the “[b]est defense to protect data.” Encryption makes it possible for documents and messages to be unreadable to people who don’t have the appropriate cryptographic key.

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