Karsten Nohl

Chief Scientist at SRLabs GmbH

Karsten Nohl

Talk Title

When enough is enough: The limits of desirable security.


Based on one decade of impactful security research and several years as a risk manager, Karsten Nohl reflects upon what he would have done differently in pushing a data security agenda.

Our community is convinced that stellar IT security is paramount for companies large and small: We need security for system availability, for brand reputation, to prevent fraud, and to keep data private. But is more security always better?

Poorly chosen protection measures can have large externalities on the productivity, innovation capacity, and even happiness of organizations. Can too much security be worse than too little security?

This talk investigates the trade-off between security and innovation along several examples of current security research. It finds that some hacking research is counter-productive in bringing the most security to most people, by spreading fear too widely.

Speaker Bio

Karsten is a cryptographer and security researcher. He likes to test security assumptions in proprietary systems and typically breaks them. His professional work includes support of Reliance Jio, the fastest growing telco in the world.

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