Back in the early 1980s, when email was invented, the Internet population was many orders of magnitude smaller than four million. The small group of people that used the Internet knew each other and they adhered to this thing called 'netiquette', so they wouldn't send each other unwanted emails. They definitely wouldn't read each other's emails, even if they could.
That 1980s Internet has changed beyond recognition in the three decades since. But email is still more or less the same. In this presentation we will look at the state of email in 2015. Does spam show that email is broken? Do the Snowden revelations show that it is? Or will the migration towards IPv6 break it? And what is being done to fix these issues?
Martijn Grooten is Editor of Virus Bulletin. A mathematician turned security researcher, he has been running comparative tests on spam filters for six years. He has a broad interest in security and has spoken on various topics at a number of conferences. He holds a number of regularly changing opinions.