Something to hide: VPNs and Proxies

This week at Company Connecting we’ve been privileged to published a series of articles by Professor Bill Buchanan on Cyber Security and Cyber Crime. Bill is a Scottish computer scientist who leads the Centre for Distributed Computing and Security at Edinburgh Napier University, as well as The...

Cryptography has a saint and sinner profile just now, with companies like Google pushing forward HTTPs, and governments around the world railing against it. While many countries have been close to forcing companies to add backdoors, few have taken the step of ban its operation. Now, a royal edict from the president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Figure 10), has taken this step the massive step by making it illegal to use a secure tunnel, VPN or secure proxy service. Those who are caught will risk jail and fines between 500,000 and 2,000,000 UAE dirham (US$136,130 and $544,521):

Image of people on an escalator accompanying the cyber security article by Professor William Buchanan of Napier Univristy Something to hide: If you hide, you must be committing a crime

Secure tunnels and VPN connections have had a difficult time recently, as law enforcement has railed against their implement. Also with the increase in data loss, too, typically through an insider or from a remote access trojan (RAT), many companies are looking to ban VPN connections, and also to replace the digital certificate from the remote site with their own certificate (and thus be able to read the contents on a tunnel).

Image accompanying the Cyber Security article Something to hide: VPNs and Proxies by Professor Bill Buchanan of Napier University