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Mar 30, 2015

In this episode...

  • Jon Callas gives a little of his background and his current role
  • We talk through why cryptography is so hard, and so broken today
  • Jon overviews compatibility, audit and making cryptography useful
  • Jon brings up open source, security, and why "open is more secure" is bunk
  • We talk through "barn builders" vs. "barn kickers" and why security isn't improving
  • We talk through how to do privacy, active vs. passive surveillance
  • We talk through anonymous VPN providers, anonymization services, and how they're legally bound
  • Jon talks about appropriate threat modeling and knowing what we're protecting
  • We talk through patching -- how to do patching for Joe Average User
  • Bonus-- Mobile is as secure (or more) than what we're used to on the desktop


  • Jon Callas ( @JonCallas ) - Jon Callas is an American computer security expert, software engineer, user experience designer, and technologist who is the co-founder and CTO of the global encrypted communications service Silent Circle. He has held major positions at Digital Equipment Corporation, Apple, PGP, and Entrust, and is considered “one of the most respected and well-known names in the mobile security industry.” Callas is credited with creating several Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standards, including OpenPGP, DKIM, and ZRTP, which he wrote. Prior to his work at Entrust, he was Chief Technical Officer and co-founder of PGP Corporation and the former Chief Technical Officer of Entrust.