In the mid-1970s, when I was working in the Navy’s new cybersecurity group, we had it easy.
Not that we felt like that, of course. Automation was still pretty primitive, and encrypting messages often took hours (if not days). But looking back, we had one huge advantage over the cybersecurity engineers of today: we didn't let anyone touch our equipment. Everyone had to go through us to send messages and protect data, and so we could make sure that this was done correctly. Continue reading