Tech Trusts Trump on Business Encryption Competiveness

A new survey by laptop encryption company Alertsec indicates business leaders trust Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump over Democrat rival Hillary Clinton when it comesto important aspects of computer security.

Alertsec polled their customer user base of 1,255 business executives from July 11-25, 2016, to assess their current position on encryption for the upcoming presidential election.

Of the respondents, 53 percent believe Trump’s position on encryption will strengthen American tech companies’ global competitiveness, while Clinton “falls slightly behind with 47 percent.”

Conversely, when asked if Trump “makes you believe his stance on encryption will help America,” 55.5 percent responded, “I think Trump will not help American tech companies,” while nearly 37 percent of respondents said the same of Clinton.

When asked, “Why, if at all, do you think encryption is an election issue?” 50 percent of the business executives said, “Americans believe encryption is the only way to maintain their privacy,” while 83 percent said, “We are increasingly becoming more and more connected.”

Only 16.7 percent said they believeAmericans believe encryption is the only way to fight terrorism.

Read the complete report in the August/September 2016 issue of Homeland Security Today. 

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