We asked PGP for comment on the compatibility of its technology with VPN software in general and the parliamentary system in particular. The firm said there's nothing about PGP that ought to preclude its use with VPN software, a different class of security application. It's still looking into the specifics of the interaction between PGP and parliamentary systems.I couldn't comment too but I have my tinfoil hat prepared and ready to deploy at a moment's notice.
"VPN Technology is a network transport technology, and PGP desktop is a piece of software that provides an encryption platform application," explained PGP marketing manager Jamie Cowper.
"The only interaction we have with a VPN, is to transport standard TCP/IP communications. As an application, we are not involved with any part of the VPN process (initiation, key exchange, management etc)."
Quite why Parliament's remote access software might be compatible with an alternative encryption package but not PGP - a widely-used package that's been available for over a decade - remains unclear. The more paranoid among you might say that the other (unknown) product might be easier to eavesdrop upon.
You may well think that. We couldn't possibly comment.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Encryption and Parliament - PGP says "WTF?"?
Following on from yesterday's post about alleged incompatibility with Parliamentary systems and PGP, the good guys at The Register spotted my post and have followed up with PGP.
Posted by dizzy at 3/04/2009 01:33:00 pm