Tue, Sep 20, 2016

Alan Brill Shares His Reaction to the Apple Encryption Case on Money Hour

Apple has showed no signs of backing down in their fight with the FBI over the demand that the tech giant must help to unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino terrorists. Not only are they refusing to unlock the iPhone, but they are promising to design the most secure iPhone ever with tough encryption that will make it virtually impossible for the government to break into.

Alan Brill, Senior Managing Director of Kroll’s Cyber Security and Investigations practice, was interviewed on Money Hour to share his reaction to the developments in the Apple encryption case.

Brill is not surprised that Apple is filing with the federal courts for redress from the order, or that they’re talking about developing this new operating system that they would not have a back door to.

The issues in the case have an impact on both national and international policy. “If we pass a law that says that every phone sold in the US must have a back door, what do we do when visitors come? Do we confiscate their phones? Do we render them unusable? And when Americans travel, what happens to them in other countries?” Brill questioned.

The strength of encryption is consistently growing. “I’ve seen cases where we’ve gotten into secure devices only to find that the owner has put another encryption algorithm in underneath it,” Brill shared, “What happens when that next operating system comes out that is virtually unbreakable? Do we prohibit it? And what do we do if someone installs a new version of that operating system that was developed overseas?”

“The day of simply cracking into phones is long gone. That technology is generations old.” Brill concluded, “Encryption is here, and we have to learn how to live with it and work with it.”

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