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May 5, 2016

South Asia analyst Faisel Pervaiz explains the battle between secularism and religious law that has shaped Pakistan's past and now impacts its present. Also, Chief Intelligence Officer Jon Sather discusses five ways that technology has changed the field of intelligence work since 1996 -- another installment in Stratfor's 20th anniversary occasional series. And Vice President of Global Analysis Reva Goujon explains Russia's strategy in Syria, in response to a reader request.

2 Comments
  • over a year ago
    Carl J.
    Encryption is a necessary technology and should be utilized more by public sector and corporations to help protect their sensitive data and privacy. However, given potential of quantum computing technology, data being protected should be based on how long one needs to protect that data. The advent of quantum computing (quantum computers) will render encryption primitives – like AES,RSA, EC and Digital signature schemes obsolete. The Data Encryption Standard (DES) was once the premier standard support by NIST and used throughout our banking systems (70's-90's) and was broken in about 1997 due to increased classical computing power – imagine what a quantum computer could do.
    In addition Bit coin and the Block Chain technology also posse systemic threats to global financial systems and how information is collected, transmitted or disseminated. The broad scale incorporation of these technologies is virtually unavoidable. Therefore, we must educate ourselves (as a world community) and be proactive in how these technologies are being used.
  • over a year ago
    Carl J.
    Hi Ben, Marla and John,
    Excellent Podcast! Yes, Social Media is the weapon of choice for several hostile actors used to recruit our youth and threaten our National Security. No doubt the Internet is – in general - a positive and empowering technology. However, the spread of Internet has created a generation and a global cultural mindset, which is focused on instant gratification. Given ever increasing access to online resources one can get what they want, when they want, if they want. Who wants to wait? Generation X created and introduced disruptive technologies like, free music, video, etc., which are based on premise information or products should be accessible to all for the least cost. This global mindset negates and blurs fact there is information and intelligence people don’t need to know – hence creating the Snowden’s of this world who feel entitled to publicly share information which should not be shared!!
    To complicate matters, huge mega internet providers offering “free” e-mail accounts is quite alluring. However, most people do not consider once signing user agreements they have in essence surrendered their privacy. Some may not fully understand the information they “willing” provided is now owned by the Service Provider – in most cases. As long as people are willing to surrender their privacy for convenience, the problem will persist.
    Unfortunately, there are torrents of information available online which are creatively packaged, but not necessarily vetted through objective analytical sources. To exacerbate matters information travels across the globe in 24 hours causing people, corporations, policy makers and governments to quickly react instead of taking “time” to objectively understand or vet that information before acting. Why, because it is not convenient - given time - or too resource intensive.
    In closing encryption is a necessary technology and should be utilized more by public sector and corporations to help protect their sensitive data and privacy. However, given potential of quantum computing technology, data being protected should be based on how long one needs to protect that data. The advent of quantum computing (quantum computers) will render encryption primitives – like AES,RSA, EC and Digital signature schemes obsolete. The Data Encryption Standard (DES) was once the premier standard support by NIST and used throughout our banking systems (70's-90's) and was broken in about 1997 due to increased classical computing power – imagine what a quantum computer could do.
    In addition Bit coin and the Block Chain technology also posse systemic threats to global financial systems and how information is collected, transmitted or disseminated. The broad scale incorporation of these technologies is virtually unavoidable. Therefore, we must educate ourselves (as a world community) and be proactive in how these technologies are being used.