Recent News articles detailing the NSA surveillance monitoring has shown to extend to other countries and that of their high-level officials. A more recent article states the following:
“The U.S. monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders, according to a National Security Agency document provided by its former contractor, Edward Snowden, according to The Guardian newspaper.”
Although most people cannot communicate using secure phone calls, it does raise the importance that the data be what is secured, not just the mode of transport. A phone call or even Internet usage should not be considered secure. There are numerous hops and intermediary systems that connect the signal being used. Each of those points of connection are a potential point of surveillance. Add the additional discoveries regarding ATT, Verizon, and other carriers, the expectation of privacy should no longer be expected.
This means that only the data, if encrypted or secured, provides the potential expectation of privacy. Insuring securing data at rest and during transport is critical to insure privacy. It may take more time and resources, but in an age of “continuous monitoring” of everything, it is the best way to provide the assurance most people and businesses desire.