22 cybersecurity myths organizations need to stop believing in 2022

Security teams trying to defend their organizations need to adapt quickly to new challenges. Yesterday’s buzzwords and best practices have become today’s myths.

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22. We must allow law enforcement to decrypt end-to-end encrypted communication for them to keep us safe

Governments around the world are struggling with passing legislation that would allow law enforcement institutions to intercept, store and even decrypt instant messages exchanged in applications such as WhatsApp, Telegram and Signal.

"The pushback against such laws from the civic society and security experts alike stands on firm principles: every individual has an inalienable right to privacy," says Sabina-Alexandra Stefanescu, an independent security researcher. "In countries where journalists and activists are facing harsh oppression coming from the ruling party or coalition, encrypted messaging and file storage are the last bastions at their disposal in order to conduct their investigations."

The independent researcher argues that this kind of legislation might do more harm than good because it can make every person vulnerable and every device less secure.

 

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