The Democratization of Encryption

Michael Frey (Co-Founder/CEO FACT Encryption) and Michael Goldstein (Co-Founder/President of FACT-Encryption) from Germany participates in Risk Roundup with Jayshree Pandya to discuss “The Democratization of Encryption”.



The digital global age has brought nations the democratization of encryption.  Each nation: its government, industries, organizations, and academia (NGIOA) now face a situation where almost everyone has access to advanced encryption in their electronics-watches, phones, ipads, laptops and more. What does this accessibility, affordability and effectiveness of “encryption” mean for nations governance, defense, and security?

Encryption is not a new innovation or a phenomenon of a digital global age. Nations: its governments, military, businesses and even individuals have been communicating with unique codes and signs for thousands of years, using basic encryption methods to protect trade secrets, nation secrets, defense secrets, personal secrets and more. Digital Global Age has however promoted and popularized strong encryption and anonymity across nations: its government, industries, organizations, academia and individuals (NGIOA-I).

When across nations today, connected computers and digital global age allow each internet user, each individual, each common man an ability to encrypt their most basic transactions and communications, their private and personal data and communication which are undecipherable without accurate keys, it brings complex security challenges to nations governance. At the same time when security breaches seem to be regularly making the news, lack of effective encryption of data at rest and data in motion becomes a cause of concern for nations security.

While there are some efforts to demonize strong encryption, it is important to evaluate whether nations should restrict strong encryption and anonymity, which fundamentally facilitates and enable the rights to freedom of opinion and expression to each and every individual across nations in cyberspace and geospace.

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About the Guests

Michael Frey is the Co-Founder/CEO of FACT Encryption located in Germany.  Michael Goldstein is the Co-Founder/President of FACT-Encryption located in Germany.

About the Host of Risk Roundup
Jayshree Pandya (née Bhatt) is a visionary leader, who is working passionately with imagination, insight and boldness to achieve “Global Peace through Risk Management”. It is her strong belief that collaboration between and across nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA) will be mutually beneficial to all—for not only in the identification and understanding of critical risks facing one nation, but also for managing the interconnected and interdependent risks facing all nations. She calls on nations to build a shared sense of identity and purpose, for how the NGIOA framework is structured will determine the survival and success of nations in the digital global age. She sees the big picture, thinks strategically and works with the power of intentionality and alignment for a higher purpose—for her eyes are not just on the near at hand but on the future of humanity!
At Risk Group, Jayshree is defining the language of risks and currently developing thought leadership, researching needed practices, tools, framework and systems to manage the “strategic and shared risks” facing nations in a “Global Age”. She believes that cyberspace cannot be secured if NGIOA works in silo within and across its geographical boundaries. As cyber-security requires an integrated NGIOA approach with a common language, she has recently launched “cyber-security risk research center” that will merge the boundaries of “geo-security, cyber-security and space-security”.
Previously, she launched and managed “Risk Management Matters”, an online risk journal and one of the first risk publications, publishing “Industry Risk Reports of Biotechnology, Energy, Healthcare, Nanotechnology, and Natural Disasters” over the course of five years. Jayshree’s inaugural book, “The Global Age: NGIOA @ Risk”, was published by Springer in 2012.

About Risk Roundup

“Risk Roundup” is an “integrated strategic security risk dialogue” for nations: its government,  industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA) in cyberspace, geospace and space (CGS).Risk Roundup is released in both audio and video format and is available for subscription at (Risk Group WebsiteiTunesGoogle PlayStitcher RadioAndroid, and Risk Group Professional Social Media).

About Risk Group
Risk Group believes that risk management, security and peace walk together hand in hand. Though security is related to management of threats and peace to the management of conflict, risk management is related to management of security vulnerabilities as well as management of conflict, and it is not possible to conceive any one of the three without the existence of the other two. All three concepts feed into each other. Risk Group believes that the security we build for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for everyone across nations. Tradition becomes our security-so if we build a culture of managing risks effectively it will lead us to security and security will lead us to peace!

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