Security Blog

  • Infosec – Failing or Succeeding?
    Infosec – Failing or Succeeding?

    Noam Eppel from Vivica contends that Information Security is a complete failure, citing alarming statistics on security breaches and cybercrime. While his article highlights the risks, many dissent from his conclusion, considering it a collection of gloomy statistics often seen in security vendor pitches.

  • False Positives
    False Positives

    During my morning commute, I encountered an interesting flaw in an alerting system. My car’s weight sensor triggers an alarm if it detects a possible passenger without a seatbelt. However, this car’s system escalates from a dinging sound to a rapid alarm. My immediate thought was to disable the alarm, highlighting a common security system…

  • Sledgehammers

    Achieving perfect data security involves elaborate measures such as encryption, one-time passwords, asymmetric identifiers, and physical access controls. However, the ultimate level of security must align with the data’s value and potential threats, avoiding the extreme sledgehammer argument while striking a balance in risk management.

  • Pseudonymity

    Pseudonymity refers to adopting a semi-permanent, yet incomplete or false identity, commonly observed in online communities. It allows individuals to use distinctive pseudonyms to establish their unique presence while avoiding full anonymity. This practice fosters better community engagement by promoting courteous interactions. However, the challenge lies in identifying instances where a single person assumes multiple…

  • Usenix Security Symposium
    Usenix Security Symposium

    The upcoming USENIX security symposium in Vancouver during the first week of August promises an impressive lineup of invited talks. While I may not attend, I highly recommend catching Matt Blaze’s presentation on wiretapping, previously acclaimed as one of the most exceptional research talks at ICNS 2006.

  • Disclosure Laws
    Disclosure Laws

    During a recent conference, a panelist expressed their belief that the California Disclosure Law (SB-1386) was an exceedingly inadequate information security regulation. However, I hold a different perspective. In my view, SB-1386 stands as the epitome of information security regulations, surpassing even the esteemed GLBA. While most regulations focus on prescribing specific controls for safeguarding…

Leadership Newsletter

  • Kindle a light, not a bonfire
    Kindle a light, not a bonfire

    Leadership Moment: Spotting burnout A quick-read article on HBR covers burnout, when chronic stress creates a sort of perpetual exhaustion, and spotlights six categories of stress: workload, values, reward, control, fairness, and community. While I haven’t yet read the source book (The Burnout Challenge: Managing People’s Relationships with Their Jobs), I’d likely place “control” as… Read this …

  • Notice who you take for granted
    Notice who you take for granted

    Leadership Moments: Make-A-Hero David Ortiz – Big Papi to Bostonians – was recently honored by Make-a-Wish for his work in the community. By granting the wishes of children with critical illnesses, Big Papi has brought a little more light into the world; it’s a use of his position and celebrity that exemplifies sports leadership. It’s… Read this …

  • Plan for the future
    Plan for the future

    Leadership Moment: Founder’s Syndrome Founder’s Syndrome occurs when a company founder remains in control for too long. Their approach, which might have been fantastic a decade ago, may no longer be appropriate for the situation that they find themselves in. While they might ostensibly be seeking a successor, what they seem to be looking for… Read this …