Rob Joyce, the NSA’s director of cybersecurity, made it clear in an interview that the new encryption standard “does not contain a backdoor,” which technically refers to a deliberate, hidden flaw that can be exploited to break the encryption.
An encryption algorithm previously developed by the NSA, “Dual EC DRBG,” was abandoned as a federal standard in 2014 over concerns that it contained a backdoor.
And the new standard is designed to withstand quantum computing, a developing technology expected to solve mathematical problems that cannot be solved by today’s computers. But backdoors are actually a concern for the White House, as they could allow encrypted data that underpins the U.S. economy, as well as national security-related secrets, to be hacked in the same way.
NSA Director Rob Joyce