ZixCorp CEO weighs in on the encryption battle
The encryption debate over access to an iPhone continues to rage in the aftermath of the Dec. 2, San Bernardino shootings, where 14 people were killed and 22 were seriously injured at the Inland Regional Center.
David Wagner, the newly appointed CEO of Dallas-based ZixCorp (NASDAQ: ZIXI), believes the Apple vs. FBI argument needs to shift away from the potential for a backdoor solution and instead explore better use of the existing, legal “front doors.”
Wagner weighs in on the digital security debate, sharing his thoughts on government access to technology and privacy.
What are your thoughts about the current encryption debate that is raging in the aftermath of the California shootings?
The encryption debate has become so heated because both the FBI and Apple want to protect people, but in different ways. However, the truth is backdoors would be accessible to more than just government. They would be accessible to hackers and criminals who are constantly looking for weaknesses. Headlines across the country are saturated with data breach news, and backdoors in encryption would only serve to create more.
Should the government be able to access citizen’s iPhones?
We don’t need to help criminals and hackers steal our data. In weakening encryption with backdoors, that’s exactly what we’ll do. People and businesses are already challenged to protect data and prevent breaches, and backdoors would eliminate a very necessary security measure.
What does the possible breakthrough in the FBI’s ability to hack the phone (without Apple) mean for the larger effort by U.S. officials to tap into the electronic devices of suspected terrorists?
If U.S. officials can tap into electronic devices, then the expectation of citizen privacy disappears. Not just privacy from government but from hackers too.
The FBI’s ability to hack the phone shows how vulnerable technology from even the world’s best engineers can be. When these vulnerabilities are exposed, we have to work together to patch them as outlined in U.S. federal policies, or we risk personal data falling into the wrong hands.