Governmental policies on Cryptography weakens Homeland Defense

Today I needed to upgrade a security software package used by our corporate nameserver. Nameservers are a critical component of the Internet. Everything depends on their proper functioning.

However, I needed to download software from Switzerland to fix the problem. OpenSSL, like many open software cryptographic tools, is not available in the United States. Why? Because of fear of US law makers and US government agents.

Everyday I read about individuals involved in cryptographic research and software development adjusting their work to deal with archaic and misguide US security policies.

It is a sad state of affairs, when the security of the United States computer infrastructure depends on foreign software developers. Especially when this dependency is artificially created by US governmental policies.

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