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Local Bets on Global Threats | Suits and Spooks DC 2016
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Friday, February 12 • 11:30am - 12:15pm
When a Backdoor Isn’t a Backdoor: Is This Time Different?

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Governments are seeking a process for access to encrypted data - particularly on mobile devices and in the cloud - as strong encryption becomes commonplace.  Governments fear “going dark” – with encryption hindering criminal and national security investigations.  Privacy advocates have opposed backdoors as fundamentally insecure and even unnecessary in light of the vast metadata increasingly available.  The U.S. tried to mandate backdoors before, and failed in dramatic fashion.  We provide an update on the current state of affairs, covering the various proposals for working around encryption and counterarguments.  We conclude with proposals to address the lingering question of whether governments can walk away from the question this time and whether there is a solution that enables limited government access to secure communications. 

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avatar for Jim Denaro

Jim Denaro

Partner, CipherLaw
Jim is a registered patent attorney in the Washington, D.C. area and advises clients on offensive and defensive applications of intellectual property. Jim has particular expertise in information security and cybersecurity technologies, and is a frequent speaker and writer on the subject. Jim has experience in a broad range of information security technologies including intrusion detection and prevention, botnet investigation, malware discovery... Read More →
avatar for Ken Mendelson

Ken Mendelson

Managing Director, Stroz Friedberg
As Managing Director at Stroz Friedberg, LLC, Ken Mendelson manages a docket of digital forensic, electronic discovery, data breach, investigative and security risk assessment assignments.  Mr. Mendelson has supervised several multi-terabyte electronic evidence identification, preservation and production engagements on behalf of Fortune 500 corporations in the context of civil, criminal and regulatory investigations and... Read More →
avatar for Randy Sabett

Randy Sabett

Special Counsel, Cooley LLP
At Cooley, my practice involves providing advice and counseling on cybersecurity matters and related technology issues, including privacy, IT licensing, and intellectual property. I work with companies in developing strategies to protect their information and exploit their IP. I also counsel clients on a variety of issues in technology areas such as cryptography, authentication, active defense, information security, compliance (GRC... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm
National Press Club 529 14th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20045

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