War On Encryption Ep. 1: Richard Stiennon

In this episode we talk with Richard Stiennon who is the Chief Research Analyst for IT-Harvest and author of two books on cyberwar. We discuss the challenges that businesses face from government demands to weaken encryption, provide backdoors and otherwise weaken security controls. In addition we highlight the challenges executives and boards face, as they are caught in the middle between demands by consumers for stronger privacy and security controls, and those of law enforcement to weaken these controls to target terrorist and criminal communications. About Richard Stiennon  Richard Stiennon is Chief Research Analyst for IT-Harvest, the firm he founded in 2005 to cover the 1,400 vendors that make up the IT security industry. He is the author of Surviving Cyberwar (Government Institutes, 2010) and There Will Be Cyberwar: How the Move to Network-centric Warfighting Set the Stage for Cyberwar. He is a member of the advisory board at the Information Governance Initiative and  principal of TrueBit Cyber Partners. Stiennon was Chief Marketing Officer for Fortinet, Inc. and VP Threat Research at Webroot Software. Prior to that he was VP Research at Gartner, Inc. He has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and his MA in War in the Modern World from King’s College, London.  Find him on Twitter: @cyberwar