Thursday, March 03, 2016

Defense Secretary Takes Position Against a Data ‘Back Door’ - The New York Times

Also see Pentagon Taps Eric Schmidt to Make Itself More Google-ish (Wired) and Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook on DoD’s “Hack the Pentagon” Cybersecurity Initiative (DoD news release)

"Also on Wednesday, Secretary Carter said Alphabet’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, would head a new Defense Innovation Board to help connect tech companies and entrepreneurs with various Pentagon initiatives. And he announced a Hack the Pentagon initiative, which would reward hackers who find and turn over vulnerabilities in the Pentagon’s computer systems.

“I don’t think we ought to let one case drive a single solution,” Secretary Carter said, referring to the F.B.I.-Apple dispute. “We have to innovate our way to a sensible result. And we need to do that because you can easily think of alternatives. One is a law written by people who don’t have the technical expertise, one written in anger or grief, and that’s not likely to work.”"
Defense Secretary Takes Position Against a Data ‘Back Door’ - The New York Times
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