Jasmine Henry (guest)

Jasmine Henry is an experienced commentator on cybersecurity and emerging technologies. She has 10 years' experience in the technology space, including roles in energy, high-tech, startups, and media. With an academic background in Analytics and Informatics, her research focused on the application of clustering algorithms for big data visualization. Professionally, she has acted in Project Management, Business Analyst, and Technical Marketing Communications roles. Currently, Jasmine is a full-time cybersecurity freelance media commentator. She contributes regularly to Security Intelligence and Tektonika, and has acted as a bylined contributor to Forbes, Reuters, Time.com, and other sources.

What is Crypto-Agility?

Crypto-agility, or cryptographic agility, is the capacity for an information security system to adopt an alternative to the original encryption method or cryptographic primitive without significant change to system infrastructure. NIST guidelines state “maintaining crypto agility is imperative” to prepare for the quantum computing era. Crypto-agility may be achieved through the adoption of new frameworks for incident response and application development, as well as the acquisition of a service software layer to facilitate crypto-agility in legacy applications.

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3DES is Officially Being Retired

According to draft guidance published by NIST on July 19, 2018, the Triple Data Encryption Algorithm (TDEA or 3DES) is officially being retired. The guidelines propose that, after a period of public consultation, 3DES is deprecated for all new applications and usage is disallowed after 2023.

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