[cryptography] NSA's position in the dominance stakes
iang at iang.org
Mon Nov 15 17:21:45 EST 2010
It used to be said that the NSA employed more mathematicians than the
rest of the world put together. This was sort of a comment on their
dominance in cryptography. Is this factoid still the case?
And, could it be said that the NSA employs more IT Sec people than
I'm trying to come up with some sort of view as to how leading or
powerful the NSA's influence is on the infosec world. For example, they
are currently pushing out the humble 1024 bit RSA key (via their open
partner NIST). In this case, the documentation clearly states it is for
USA government agencies only, but it seems open players like Mozilla
with completely different security agendas are tripping over themselves
to follow NSA's guidance.
Anyone got a view on this? How dominant is their opinion?
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