Intel Security Guru Says Regulating Encryption Is Difficult

Encrypting digital data shouldn’t be considered a moral issue of good and evil. Rather, it’s a nuanced legal issue that may not be covered under existing law.

That’s one of the takeaways from a discussion about cybersecurity and data with Steve Grobman, the chief technology officer for Intel’s security group. Grobman explained during the Structure Data conference in San Francisco on Thursday that encryption is really just complex mathematics, which makes it a difficult thing to legislate.

“At the end of the day you can’t legislate the use of math any more than you can legislate the use of gravity,” said Grobman.