Why David Cameron’s cyber plans are bad for your event

If you are reading this on your computer at work, chances are you
are not alone. Not only will any responsible company have a pretty clear
idea of the use the IT is being put to, but it is a stark fact that all
systems are more vulnerable than their users realise.

MI5’s head of cyber, who in true James Bond style must remain anonymous,
has gone on the record to say: “There are now three certainties in life –
there’s death, there are taxes, and there’s a foreign intelligence
service on your system.”

As Sony Pictures learned the hard way,
if a malevolent organisation or individual finds their way to your most
secure spaces, the damage to your reputation will be incalculable.

Increasingly
event organisers are being tasked with creating secure intranet systems
for clients’ events. That means getting up to speed with encryption
technology.

The bad news is that the prime minister wants to dismantle your carefully constructed barriers.

David
Cameron believes that Britain’s intelligence agencies should have the
legal power to break into encrypted communications. Outlawing the use of
end-to-end encryption would see the use of the most popular texting
messaging apps in the world, including WhatsApp and iMessage, ruled
illegal.

The entirely laudable aim is to help prevent outrages such as the appalling slaughter of journalists and cartoonists in Paris.

The
problem is that encryption doesn’t just hide evil-doers – it protects
your bank account, your medical records and the registration details of
attendees at your next conference.

The law would criminalise event organisers and their clients who have not the remotest connection to terrorist plots.

The
government ought to encourage the use of encryption in the events
industry to protect data and people, rather than launching half-baked
schemes to ban it.

Any comments? Email John Keenan

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