Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cybersecurity: Traditionally secretive government intelligence agencies will need to be more transparent to continue to function in today's digital world and protect against cyber threats by gaining public trust, the agency's chief has warned espionages GCHQ of the United Kingdom.
Its director GCHQ, Jeremy Fleming, made the remarks at the opening of a new exhibition at the Science Museum in London, which explores the history of encryption, encryption and cybersecurity from World War I to the present day.
The opening of the exhibition Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cybersecurity coincides with the 100th anniversary of the founding of GCHQ and allows the general public to see documents, machines and artifacts from the history of the Secret Service over the past 100 years. Needless to say, many of the exhibits were hidden behind closed doors for many years.
Among the items on display are encryption machines from the early 1900s and code-breaking machines from World War II. They were used at Bletchley Park, in a portable computer infected with WannaCry ransomware and on the damaged hard drive they discovered the information it contained.
"I welcome this transparency because the world has changed, it is no longer enough to operate secretly. We need to gain the trust of the people we seek to protect, "said Fleming, who said transparency was key to GCHQ's success.
If we are to thrive as a democratic nation in the digital age, openness is our strength. Transparency that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship will allow us to reap the benefits of the technological revolution. Transparency can give everyone access to tools but also the knowledge to keep themselves and their families safe in the digital world.
The free exhibition will run until February 2020 and the service hopes to inspire young people to think differently about cyber security, paving the way for protecting the country from future digital threats.
"We need to inspire the next generation so that our children can understand and shape our digital future," Fleming said.
In the Aeneid, Virgil quoted Laocoon's phrase: "timeo Danaos et dona ferentes", or in Greek: "Φοβοῦ τοὺς Δαναοὺς καὶ δῶρα φέροντας", meaning to fear the Danes even when they bring gifts.
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