The topic of cyber security is ever present and ever increasing as we transfer more of our daily activity to the world wide web than ever before. From photos of your weekend party at the in-laws, to businesses holding information about their customer's bank details, home addresses and more, there's a flurry of information hanging out in the cloud which needs to be protected.
We know from incidents like that of Talk Talk this year that incidents of hacking happen. Without a backdoor. This move by the Information Technology Industry Council makes a big stand in showing that creating a way in for the Intelligence services, is simply making it easier for those who can get in without.
Really, the question is no longer how to stop the inevitable issue of hacking, but more how encryption and rapid response to a breach can be utilised to limit damage.
Let's not take a step back by making it easier to get past the defences in the first place.
After Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook’s claims that “any backdoor is a backdoor for everyone”, the Information Technology Industry Council, which represents 62 of the largest technology companies worldwide, said: “Encryption is a security tool we rely on everyday to stop criminals from draining our bank accounts, to shield our cars and airplanes from being taken over by malicious hacks, and to otherwise preserve our security and safety.” The debate over encryption, which has become the bedrock of the internet used by almost every transmission that needs to be secure and increasingly those that don’t, has erupted after the terrorist attacks on Paris. The Information Technology Industry Council’s chief executive, Dean Garfield, said: “Weakening security with the aim of advancing security simply does not make sense.”