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Category Archives: General

It’s the Culture … and Dead Canaries

– It appears that Volkswagen’s internal auditors “… found no evidence to suggest that members of the executive board or supervisory board were involved in the diesel fraud …” according to an article “VW Says ‘Culture’ Flaw Led To Crisis” by William Boston, Hendrik Varnholt…

Eleven Shades of Security Intelligence Knowability

– I thought that the title of this piece would at least be au courant, but it seems that others got there before me. In a December 3, 2015 presentation on “Common Quality Enumeration (CQE) See Your Total Quality Picture,” by John Marien and Robert Martin of MITRE, the presenters state that…

Security vs. Safety vs. Privacy vs. Anonymity

– The recent horrific terrorist attacks in Paris have brought to the fore the ongoing discussion about privacy versus national security and personal safety. An article on the front page of the November 18, 2015 Wall Street Journal by Siobhan Hughes, “Attacks To Fuel Spying Debate,” discusses the…

Automobile Safety Systems ARE Subject to International Standards

– In all the discussions, which I have read in newspapers, or seen online and on television, about the Volkswagen “defeat device” software deception, there have been few, if any, references to international standards that should be applied to safety-critical systems in general and to automotive…

At Last! A Reporter Who Understands Cybersecurity

– We are bombarded with TV news, newspaper articles, blogs, comments, and the like, about cybersecurity. Most reporters seem to be in awe of the attackers (sophisticated criminals and nation states, for the most part) and sympathetic to the victims. After all, so it goes, the attackers are so clever…