Call for Silicon Valley to tackle encryption and work with the NSA to stop threats before the happen.
The former head of the National Security Agency has called for Silicon Valley to work with the US Government to develop encryption policies and strategies before the next terrorist attack.
‘Right now, we have an opportunity to do this in an unemotional manner,” Keith Alexander, the NSA’s former director, told Bloomberg TV.
”We should take that opportunity and solve these problems to the best of our ability. It won’t be perfect. But get reasonable people to the table.”
Alexander, a retired four-star Army general who is now chief executive officer of IronNet Cybersecurity, said technological change had outpaced encryption and this needed to be tackled.
The most striking example was the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s attempt to force Apple to help unlock the iPhone of a gunman in December’s San Bernardino, California.
Apple had claimed it was an unreasonable request and the matter had to be determined by Congress.
In the end, the US Justice Department withdrew its request after the FBI said it found another way to access the phone.