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Verizon Exec Confirms that "Don’t Look at Us to Protect Your Data"

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Wow talk about a fiasco of a presentation from Marcus Sachs, Verizon’s vice president of national security policy, at Cyber Security Summit last week. The Verizon VP was full of himself essentially claiming that it is not his companies responsibility to keep your communication private. According to Sachs, Verizon is only responsible to offer reliable accessible communication.

Just look at what he had to say (via TomsGuide):

"If you’re worried about it, do something about it. Take security on yourselves, and don’t trust anybody else to do it. Don’t look at us to protect your data. That’s on you," he told Tom’s Guide at the Cyber Security Summit 2013, held on Sept. 25 in New York City. "There are services out there [that offer privacy] up to a certain point," Sachs said. "You want encrypted phone calls? There’s an app for that."

Sachs goes on to quote the three major pillars of information security: Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability. He went on to say that Verizon is all about Availability and is willing to sacrifice Integrity and Confidentiality to provide it.

Say hello to the NSA for me! The sad part is that I am sure most US carriers are not any better. At least BlackBerry has a reputation of putting Confidentiality and Integrity before everything else…

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  1. Unfortunately, he’s not a loose cannon and this seems to be the company line at Verizon. A couple of weeks ago another exec (former COO) was accusing companies of grandstanding because they were suing for the ability to disclose some information about the extent of their forced participation.

    http://www.zdnet.com/verizon-exec-slams-google-microsoft-yahoo-for-nsa-lawsuit-grandstanding-7000020769/

    Lavabit shut down their e-mail service rather than give the NSA the ability to snoop. For a long time the owner was under a gag order and couldn’t talk about why he shutdown (some things he couldn’t even discus with his lawyer):

    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/10/lavabit-defied-order-for-snowdens-login-info-then-govt-asked-for-sites-ssl-key/

    And Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio didn’t give in, and alleges his insider trader conviction was a result of that.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/09/30/a-ceo-who-resisted-nsa-spying-is-out-of-prison-and-he-feels-vindicated-by-snowden-leaks/

    Unrelated quote:
    “… surveillance = power. The more you know about someone, the more you can control … them in all sorts of ways”

    http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/01/the-best-from-glenn-greenwalds-ama-the-british-gov-lied-the-nsas-vision-and-whats-coming-next/

    • Yes we live in a truly scary world of always on surveillance

      • Sorry to interrupt this happy thread but, I always had that assumption that they were allowed to snoop in whenever, wherever they wanted so when I heard the big news I was like, SO WHAT…what else is new.

        This country is good at convincing people of good morals that they can’t keep up with but then again I thought they already knew everything about me more than I could remember…

  2. The guy has a point; their job is to provide cell service. And they do that. The rest, I guess, is up to debate as to whether one thinks its their job to protect our data. I personally don’t have anything to hide, but then again I’m just some regular Joe type blue collar guy. Might be different if I was someone important. I could see where some might be a bit worried.

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