It has been over a year since the Snowden revelations have revealed the breath and depth of the NSA's surveillance and interception activities. While some of these revelations have been known in the technical community to security and privacy professionals, the Snowden revelations have exposed how massive the activities are and have informed the general public of their existence. Oftentimes the coverage in the popular press has been distorted or incorrectly presented. In this presentation we will summarize dozens of NSA programs and deconstruct what they mean in simple technical terms that you can understand. Finally, we will present some simple but effective ways to improve your personal computer security in terms of communications, storage and secure computing. This topic may be considered politically charged to some people but we will attempt to present an accurate description of the various NSA programs often substituting humor for politics.
Dan Diebolt is an electrical and computer engineer with 30+ years of experience in the automotive, defense, semiconductor and IT industries. Dan has worked in various engineering, marketing and sales positions for various high tech companies and currently works in IT and security. Additionally, Dan teaches occasionally Cryptology in the Information Security program at Davenport University and has been an adjunct lecturer in the Electrical Engineering program with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dan has an MBA and MSEE degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a BSEE degree from the University of Michigan and holds various technical certifications including COMPTIA A+, Network+ and Security+.
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