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Thursday January 21, 2016

NSA Chief Stakes Out Pro-Encryption Position

Wait, I thought everyone in the government was against encryption? These remarks made by the director of the National Security Agency sure sound pro-encryption to me.

National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers said Thursday that "encryption is foundational to the future," and arguing about it is a waste of time. Speaking to the Atlantic Council, a Washington, D.C., think tank, Rogers stressed that the cybersecurity battles the U.S. is destined to fight call for more widespread use of encryption, not less. "What you saw at OPM, you’re going to see a whole lot more of," he said, referring to the massive hack of the Office of Personnel Management involving the personal data about 20 million people who have gotten background checks.

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