Computer Security Expert Witness To Testify At Congressional Hearing On Encryption

forensics_ediscoveryComputer security expert witness Professor Susan Landau is scheduled to testify at the US Congressional hearing on encryption issues. The hearing, entitled “The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans’ Security and Privacy,” will examine encryption technology in light of public safety and national security. Dr. Landau is a Professor of Cybersecurity Policy in the Department of Social Science and Policy Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Apple lawyer Bruce Sewell and FBI Director James Comey will speak as well. Apple is opposing an order that would require it to aid the FBI gain evidence from the cell phone of San Bernardino shooter Farook Syed. Farook and his wife shot and killed 14 people and wounded 22 others on December 2, 2015.

The following letter from FBI Director James Comey was posted on Lawfare Blog on February 21, 2016.

The San Bernardino litigation isn’t about trying to set a precedent or send any kind of message. It is about the victims and justice…

The particular legal issue is actually quite narrow. The relief we seek is limited and its value increasingly obsolete because the technology continues to evolve. We simply want the chance, with a search warrant, to try to guess the terrorist’s passcode without the phone essentially self-destructing and without it taking a decade to guess correctly. That’s it. We don’t want to break anyone’s encryption or set a master key loose on the land. I hope thoughtful people will take the time to understand that. Maybe the phone holds the clue to finding more terrorists. Maybe it doesn’t. But we can’t look the survivors in the eye, or ourselves in the mirror, if we don’t follow this lead.

Computer security expert witnesses may investigate and testify on information critical in criminal cases, including the suspect’s location, whom the suspect been in contact with, and what they have been communicating.

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