Broken Security: 5 Ways To Avoid The Coming Cryptopocalypse
Trust, Security On The Internet Could Fail
When the most widely used encryption algorithms are broken, websites that support strong security to protect banking sessions could fail, opening them up to attack; online shopping sites that protect buyers by securing the transaction would be exposed to prying eyes; and VPNs, used by businesses to protect remote employees, would be exposed to attack. The fundamental trust mechanisms and digital certificates that authenticate users and validate software would be severely eroded, according to researchers at iSEC Partners, who spoke about the coming "cryptopocalypse" at the Black Hat 2013 security conference. The security experts said everyone who uses the Internet has a stake in ensuring that trust doesn't erode and security is maintained. Here are five ways to prepare.