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AlertBoot offers a cloud-based full disk encryption and mobile device security service for companies of any size who want a scalable and easy-to-deploy solution. Centrally managed through a web based console, AlertBoot offers mobile device management, mobile antivirus, remote wipe & lock, device auditing, USB drive and hard disk encryption managed services.

Data Encryption Banned In Pakistan

Data encryption on-line, that is.  According to many, many (many) media outlets, the government of Pakistan has pressed forward in eliminating the use of encryption software for on-line activities.  The law does not appear to affect other types of encryption such as data at rest encryption.

Encryption Works

Moves such as these go to show that the security benefits that stem from the use of encryption, such as laptop encryption provided by AlertBoot, are not imaginary.  Contrary to myriad claims of "I work in IT and I can hack into any encryption in less than an hour" (I troll through the internet a lot, sometimes in the darker corners of it), properly worked out encryption is nearly impossible to break into.

I don't doubt that there are poorly-implemented encryption packages out there, but that one can break into any encrypted material in an hour?  Hey, buddy, I know a government in Asia that wants to hire you.

Pakistan Ban Result of Telco Law

The decision to make on-line encryption illegal stems from a telecommunications regulation that went into effect in March 2010.  According to the regulation, licensees of telephony services must monitor information passing through their equipment (read: spying).

ISPs and other telcos were caught between a rock and hard place: cracking encryption is virtually impossible, as other governments found out in the past, such as in this instance and in this one.  So, I guess one way to get around this particular hardship is to get rid of it completely.

But is this a good idea?

It's a Bad Idea

It's encryption that creates a secure connection between your computer and your bank for on-line banking.  It's encryption that ensures your on-line activities are not monitored by some random guy at Starbucks.  It's encryption that ensures corporate secrets remain secret even as you communicate with your office, via VPN.

To ban encryption on-line in Pakistan means that you couldn't have SSH, SSL, TLS, HTTPS, nor wifi encryption.  In other words, no on-line commerce.  Plus, a less-than-secure on-line experience (if you want it; nothing prevents you from surfing the web in an insecure manner, obviously).


Related Articles and Sites:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/aug/30/pakistan-bans-encryption-software
http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/08/30/2228214/Pakistan-Bans-Encryption
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110729/03142715310/reports-claim-that-pakistan-is-trying-to-ban-encryption-under-telco-law.shtml

 
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Sang Lee is a Senior Account Manager and Security Analyst with AlertBoot, Inc., the leading provider of managed endpoint security services, based in Las Vegas, NV. Mr. Lee helps with the deployment and ongoing support of the AlertBoot disk encryption managed service. Prior to working at AlertBoot, Mr. Lee served in the South Korean Navy. He holds both a B.S. and an M.S. from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.A.