Encryption and the General Public | CyberSecuritySpeak

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Many commentators have expressed their concern for the lack of skills in the cyber security sector. In a previous blogpost, we highlighted that there are not enough people with the necessary technical skills to meet market demand and these vacant positions. This digital skills gap is now also showing up in other areas, at a time when fundamental and important questions around how we use the internet and technology are coming to the surface.

As a result, there is a huge need for the general public to understand a number of crucial technological terms. Without a grasp of these important terms, vital conversations around the future of technology and how we will use it in the future will become convoluted and vague. One area where this is rapidly coming to a head is around the debate about encryption.

Following the recent shocking attacks in London’s Westminster, the UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd attacked tech firms such as WhatsApp for providing “a secret place for terrorists to communicate with each other.” She then went on to say, “we need to make sure that our intelligence services have the ability to get into situations like encrypted WhatsApp,” when she appeared on BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show last weekend.

Consequently, the Home Secretary’s comments have ignited fresh debate over encryption. With some people clearly concerned that encrypted messaging services could create places for criminals to hide, and others worried about their privacy being at risk and “backdoors” being created that could be exploited by criminals and terrorists themselves. It is therefore important that an educated and constructive conversation is held and both views are correctly heard.

As more and more of these important areas come up for discussion around the future of how we use and interact with the internet, it is vital that they are debated on a level where technological nuances are understood by both sides. Never has communication about technology been so important.

 

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