Homeland Security Orders Federal Agencies to Start Encrypting Sites and Emails

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You would think that after years of hacks on public and private institutions that all US Government websites would have HTTPS enabled by default. Think again because at least one-quarter of federal sites still don't support basic website encryption. As a matter of fact only 70% of Homeland Security domains support HTTPS. The good news is within 4 months all federal agencies have to employ HTTPS. It's about time if you ask me.

Up until now, Homeland Security had been pushing businesses and enterprise customers to enable HTTPS web encryption across the board, which helps secure data in transit but also ensures that nobody can alter the contents of the website you're visiting. The agency has also pushed DMARC, an email validation system used to verify the identity of an email sender, which helps to protect against inbound spoofed emails and phishing attacks.
 
Better late than never I guess.

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So if encryption were to become illegal or be forced to have back doors, as some politicians want, what good would this do ?
 
they don't want to make it illegal per se, just easier to crack with master keys and stuff.

like TSA locks.

they are un-crackable you know /s
 
for anybody who's ever worked in the federal sector, or with/for the military, none of this is surprising. its a miracle half of the gov customers ive worked with arent running windows NT and VAX servers. dont get me started and the chuckle i get when movies glorify "military grade technology."
 
for anybody who's ever worked in the federal sector, or with/for the military, none of this is surprising. its a miracle half of the gov customers ive worked with arent running windows NT and VAX servers. dont get me started and the chuckle i get when movies glorify "military grade technology."
Depends on what section of the military you are talking about because special forces has some pretty slick stuff that the regular Army/Navy/Marines don't have.
 
So they get punished for not encrypting and they also make backdoors toget around mine....
 
for anybody who's ever worked in the federal sector, or with/for the military, none of this is surprising. its a miracle half of the gov customers ive worked with arent running windows NT and VAX servers. dont get me started and the chuckle i get when movies glorify "military grade technology."

As someone who spent 11.5 years working for a DoD contractor the only part that surprises me slightly is the belief that 4 months is anywhere close to enough time to make a change.
 
As someone who spent 11.5 years working for a DoD contractor the only part that surprises me slightly is the belief that 4 months is anywhere close to enough time to make a change.
Yep, it HAS to be finished by the time XYZ is already outdated by 5 years though... so there!!!
 
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