Stepping Up conference 2013

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Stepping Up conference 2013

  1. 1. PRIVACY & SECURITY CHALLENGES IN AN INTERNET AGE Vikram Kumar Mega Ltd. vikram@mega.co.nz @vikram_nz STEPPING UP / IIA NZ Conference 2013 STEPPING UP / IIA NZ Conference 2013 1
  2. 2. Talk scope • Professionals and SMEs • Online collaboration and communication (documents and emails primarily) • Using the open Internet • External threats STEPPING UP / IIA NZ Conference 2013 2
  3. 3. Information Integrity Privacy + • • • • • Confidentiality Integrity Availability Authenticity Non-repudiation STEPPING UP / IIA NZ Conference 2013 3
  4. 4. Threat Landscape Human error + • Non-targeted attacks • Automated kits • “Full take” by government agencies • Targeted attacks • Criminals • Competitors or “partners” or activists • State sponsored or initiated STEPPING UP / IIA NZ Conference 2013 4
  5. 5. Major attack vectors • Phishing, Spear Phishing • Social engineering • Purchase databases • Device/Internet exploits • Chained/escalated attacks • Mobile and wifi STEPPING UP / IIA NZ Conference 2013 5
  6. 6. Problem is increasing • Expectations and need for anytime/anywhere access to files • Inability for corporate IT to deliver- the “Dropbox Effect” • Bring Your Own Device, mobility • Invisible, delayed impact • Falling technology prices- especially storage STEPPING UP / IIA NZ Conference 2013 6
  7. 7. CRYPTO & MEGA STEPPING UP / IIA NZ Conference 2013 7
  8. 8. Crypto 101 STEPPING UP / IIA NZ Conference 2013 8
  9. 9. MEGA • „Cloud‟ (Internet) file storage and collaboration • 50 GB free storage. Fastest in the world. Easy to use. • End-to-end, user controlled encryption STEPPING UP / IIA NZ Conference 2013 9
  10. 10. MEGA Statistics • Launched 20 January 2013 • About 5 million service users • 450 million files uploaded, 180 Gb/s bandwidth, 0.05% notices of alleged copyright infringement • Hosted in Germany, Luxembourg, and NZ • Exiting beta soon with new website, iOS app, synchronisation client STEPPING UP / IIA NZ Conference 2013 10
  11. 11. MEGA as a global company Source: http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/mega.co.nz STEPPING UP / IIA NZ Conference 2013 11
  12. 12. Defeating crypto STEPPING UP / IIA NZ Conference 2013 12
  13. 13. Crypto for the masses: lessons learnt • It has to just work • No compromises • Network effect • Privacy/confidentiality as a business model is viable • Open source necessary for trust STEPPING UP / IIA NZ Conference 2013 13
  14. 14. THE FUTURE OF EMAIL STEPPING UP / IIA NZ Conference 2013 14
  15. 15. Email in a post-Snowden era The death of email is vastly exaggerated. 3 emerging paths: • Peer-to-peer • Integrated with standard web email • Closed, secure sandbox but most individuals will stay with free-for-advertising model. STEPPING UP / IIA NZ Conference 2013 15
  16. 16. MEGA’s secure communications approach • Closed, secure model with end-to-end encryption • Integrate with online file storage and collaboration • Integrated messaging, voice, and video • In the browser but other apps and services built on top of MEGA will provide multiple options • Privacy but not anonymity STEPPING UP / IIA NZ Conference 2013 16
  17. 17. THANK YOU Questions / comments? STEPPING UP / IIA NZ Conference 2013 17

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