AT&T gave NSA access to billions of emails

In the United States many tech-companies declare themselves against the mass surveillance attempts of various agencies. Sometimes, however, the help of just one company is all that’s needed.

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What happened to the German project DE-Mail?

A group of delegates was wondering the same and asked the German federal government about the state of it. The answers they got support the impression that the officials could be equally unsure of the future success.

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Why We Encrypt – Bruce Schneier‘s Manifest

With governments from various countries and parts of the world trying to push back against encryption it’s important to be reminded of why private citizens, companies, journalists and organisations would want to encrypt their data and communication. Security expert Bruce Schneier summarises the different reasons in a recent post on his blog.

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Too little e-mail encryption in businesses

A German federal association for IT-security (TeleTrusT) has released a comprehensive information brochure on e-mail encryption. It is addressed equally to IT-experts and interested parties.

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Where companies have to improve their IT-Security

A recently conducted survey shows how well companies are prepared when it comes to it-security. Even though many have set up decent basic measures most don’t go beyond that and take comprehensive care. Especially SME’s.

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Three reasons for strong encryption

New developments in the current debate about whether government agencies should be given access to encrypted data and communication: The US-Senate passes an NSA surveillance reform and two technology experts from the Congress write a letter to FBI Director James Comey naming three reasons why companies should not weaken their encryption products.

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No front door Mr. President, please!

We recently commented on NSA-Director Michael Rogers thinking about creating ‘front doors’ to encrypted digital data on phones, in emails etc. for authorities. Now top tech companies including Apple, Facebook, and Google signed a letter to US President Barack Obama to "reject any proposal that companies deliberately weaken the security of their products."

Unconnected with this our CEO Mark Forrest was approached by the British government on a similar topic. Read more about this below:

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May I read your e-mails Mr. President?

Apparently hackers have gained access to Barack Obamas e-mails. We wonder if this would have happened with Cryptshare in action and want to talk about why even government authorities and big companies sometimes lack the proper security when it comes to e-mail encryption.

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NSA plans a new future for data encryption

The NSA and other government funded authorities have been discussing how they can work with the encrypted data of private persons and companies. Leaks and spying scandals have increased the awareness for the need to encrypt data and with it greater efforts to secure communications have been made. This in turn makes law enforcement more difficult when it comes to accessing digital data and communications. However the NSA argues that to prevent threats to the nation they need access to all communications. NSA-Director Michael Rogers proposes the solution is to create a master digital key with several different pieces creating "front door“ access to all digital devices for the authorities.

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Heise Security chief editor says: "Let PGP die!"

The chief editor of the Security branch of the German IT publisher “Heise Verlag”, Jürgen Schmidt, calls for new approaches to encryption of e-mails and the need for a more modern successor to PGP in an editorial. Is there already a more suitable alternative for everyday use though?

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With our software Cryptshare we enable our customers to share e-mails and files of any size securely in an ad-hoc way with a detailed audit trail and a strong ROI.

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