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Category Archives: CSO/CISO Perspectives

People Problems at the NYSE

– Recent newspaper articles tried to explain the 4-hour downtime on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, which was experienced by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) during the trading day. The knee-jerk reaction was that it was a coordinated cyber attack, since The Wall Street Journal home page and United…

Data Masking: Good … Information Masking: Very Bad

– As we learn more and more about the huge data breach of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), two aspects are grabbing everyone’s attention. One is the weakness of the security measures implemented by OPM and its contractors; the other is that senior management of OPM and purportedly…

Coding? OK … But Security? Ha!

– Bloomberg Businessweek did something amazing. It devoted an entire double issue (June 5-28, 2015) to computer programming. Paul Ford’s 38,000-word essay “The Code Issue” describes the origins and history of computer programming and programming languages with the intention of educating those…

Securing Complex Systems

– There is a cartoon by Jacob Samuel in The New Yorker magazine of March 30, 2015 that shows a warmly dressed gentleman holding a placard on which is written: “We are being CONTROLLED by the random outcomes of a complex system.” As with so many New Yorker cartoons, one is left to decide on your…

The Bankers and the Lawmen Should be Cyber Friends

– When I read Matthew Goldstein’s February 24, 2015 article “Wall St. and Law Firms Plan Cooperative Body to Bolster Online Security,” in the DealB%k section of The New York Times, I was reminded of the song from Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma” about how farmers and cowmen should get…