In this wide ranging interview, cryptographer, Taher Elgamal, chief security officer of Axway Inc. and the inventor and initial driving force behind SSL, explains how applications may be better adapted to defend against attacks and how cloud computing may alter data protection and authentication. The SSL protocol will be updated to prevent man-in-the-middle attacks, but researchers need to find better ways to prevent malware from getting on PCs in the first place, Elgamal said. Better security at the browser layer and a greater focus on Web application security could help prevent future attacks, he said. End-to-end encryption is a marketing term that doesn't hold much weight, Elgamal said.

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