Governments getting further into the cybersecurity act

In the IT security field, it’s not only the bad guys that we have to worry about. Security pros must also keep up with what governments are doing, laws that are being passed, regulations with which our companies must comply, and so forth. Recently both U.S. and European agencies took stances that will affect us.

The FBI backed down regarding government “back doors” in encryption technologies but admitted, in a roundabout way, that the agency sometimes uses zero day exploits to “identity persons who are threatening public safety.”

Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond, the EU noted that their new data transfer agreement (replacing the Safe Harbor pact) will allow them to “pull the plug” on a deal if it appears the U.S. isn’t adequately protecting the privacy of data stored in the U.S.

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