"In the current climate of continuous attacks and intrusions by APT crews, government-sponsored groups and others organizations, cryptography is becoming less and less important, one of the fathers of public-key cryptography said Tuesday. Adi Shamir, who helped design the original RSA algorithm, said that security experts should be preparing for a 'post-cryptography' world. 'I definitely believe that cryptography is becoming less important. In effect, even the most secure computer systems in the most isolated locations have been penetrated over the last couple of years by a series of APTs and other advanced attacks,' Shamir said during the Cryptographers' Panel session at the RSA Conference today. 'We should rethink how we protect ourselves. Traditionally we have thought about two lines of defense. The first was to prevent the insertion of the APT with antivirus and other defenses. The second was to detect the activity of the APT once it's there. But recent history has shown us that the APT can survive both of these defenses and operate for several years."
Dr. Aleksandr Yampolskiy is CEO of SecurityScorecard, a stealth information security startup. Before this, he was a CTO of BlogTalkRadio/Cinchcast - largest online radio network in the world, and prior to that he was Head of Security and Compliance at Gilt Groupe companies, responsible for all aspects of IT infrastructure security, secure application development, and PCI compliance. He has also worked at Goldman Sachs, Oracle, and Microsoft, where he was a lead technologist building large-scale, performant enterprise software focused on IDM, SSO, authentication and authorization. He’s been cited in New York Times, ComputerWorld, Observer, and other media. He’s a published author and speaks regularly on security and software development processes.