Information Security Cryptography

CRYPTOGRAPHY 4

InformationSecurity: Cryptography

StrongCryptography

Cryptographyis a vitaltoolforbuildinga securesystem.Properuseof cryptographycan warrantdataconfidentiality andprotectfrom unauthorizedindividuals.Astrongcryptography is essentialforeveryprivateentityandpersonbecauseitis one of thebestwaysto ensuredata andinformationsecurity(Farrell,2014). The‘escrow’ schemecan significantly curtailthedevelopmentof superiorcryptography andagreatlyhampertheUnited States competitiveness (Adam, 2014). Through strongcryptography,individualscanconductcommerceon theInternetandprotecttheir personalinformationandcommunicationin thedigital age.Americans trustcryptography to protecttheir personalinformationandbankaccountsdetailswhenusingmoderntechnologies. Without widespreadcryptography,online transactionswould be chilling,andpeoplewould be loathto usetheir creditcardsto purchasecommoditiesorrevealsensitiveinformationandthiswould affectallaspectsof lifein 21st century(Farrell,2014).

Unfortunatelycringingtothe rightto privacydoesmakeus secure,ratheritgivesus a senseof falsesecurity.Itis a well-knownfactthatmuchof encryption can besurreptitiouslycompromised.Agoodexampleto proof howvulnerableeveryone is in andoutside America is theSnowden leaks(Farrell,2014). ThismeansthatNSA andNational Institute forStandards andTechnology stillmaintainsignificantcontrolon cryptography.

Ithinkthatstrongcryptography can playa hugerolein protectingindividualprivacybutmay workagainst thesocietywhentheaspectof terroristcomesto theequation.Itis unfortunatethatwheneveryindividualhaveaccessto cryptography, that is notcontrolledby government,terroristcanalso usethisopenwindowto coordinateactivitiesthat can harm (without fearthatthetargeted communitywill knowabout it).Itis apparentthatNSA andNational Institute forStandards andTechnology (NIST) ‘mandatorykeyescrow scheme’wasmeantto protectsociety.Itis alsoclearthatin a trade-offbetween threatfrom terroristanduser privacy,everyAmerican would opt forsecurityagainst terroristandas suchitis importantthatNSA andNIST havesomecontrolover cryptography butthisshould neverbeusedat thedisadvantageof theusers.Governmentshouldatleasthavea wayto accessto encrypted communicationto be in a positionto protectAmericansbutprivateaccessto strongcryptography shouldallowed.

References

Adam,B. (2014). USexport laws relaxed.Retrieved from: http://www.cypherspace.org/rsa/legal.htmlFarrell,H.(2014). Thepolitical science of cybersecurity II: Why cryptography is soimportant.Retrieved from:http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/02/12/the-political-science-of-cybersecurity-ii-why-cryptography-is-so-important/