A survey released by cybersecurity technology provider Venafi of 517 IT security professionals finds that 73 percent of those believe that countries with government-mandated encryption backdoors are more susceptible to nation-state attacks. “This is not rocket science; backdoors inevitably create vulnerabilities that can be exploited by malicious actors,” said Kevin Bocek, a vice president at Venafi. “It’s understandable that so many security professionals are concerned because backdoors are especially appealing to hostile and abusive government agencies and more governments are considering these mandates.”

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