Disclaimer: The opinions of the columnists are their own and not necessarily those of their employer.

Artificial Ignorance

– On the Op-Ed page of The New York Times of October 3, 2014, David Brooks wrote a column titled “Our Machine Masters,” which discusses how “artificial intelligence” (AI) might be used for good or evil. His thoughts about AI were prompted by the Pandora feeding him suggestions as to what…

Yet Another Case of Third-Party Breach Discovery

– On the front page of the Business Day section of The New York Times of November 1, 2014, is an article by Matthew Goldstein and Nicole Perlroth with the title “Luck Helped in Discovery of Breach at JPMorgan.” It never ceases to amaze me how few publicized data breaches are actually discovered…

Cybersecurity—Eliminating Vulnerabilities and Weaknesses at the Source: A Comparison with Malaria … and Ebola

– It has always bothered me that infosec professionals spend so much of their time chasing around after threats and vulnerabilities, many of which could have been avoided if only suitable requirements, design and hygiene had been observed at the outset. While this might seem like a simple concept,…

Heartbled and Shellshocked … What Can We Do?

– Well, it happened again. A serious security bug was found in a piece of open-source code called Bash, which is integrated into such ubiquitous software packages as Linux, Mac OS and Apache, and potentially Android. This time the bug, which is called Shellshock, has supposedly been lurking…

Beating Around the Proverbial Cybersecurity Bush

– If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times … until we put real teeth into cybersecurity enforcement and insist upon serious personal legal consequences for those at the top, we won’t see improvement. We’ve beaten around the bush for far too long. How many more breaches,…