Encryption, Passwords and Data Security: the Latest on the Law and Best Practices presented at ShmooCon 2012

by Marcia Hofmann, Jerome Radcliffe,

Summary : Encryption is a critical tool for ensuring the security of personal and proprietary data alike. The courts have recognized some legal protections for encrypted data and encryption passphrases, the state of which are fast-breaking and continue to evolve. This talk will explain the current state of the law on encryption, with an emphasis on government attempts to compel disclosure of encryption passwords and decrypted versions of data. We’ll also discuss ways that individuals and companies alike can improve data security through measures such as improved password strength and two- factor authentication.