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Category Archives: Human Elements

InfoSec R.I.P.

– I recently had an experience that helped to confirm my skepticism about the accuracy of information on the Internet. I happened to be surfing the Web to find out what an internationally-known InfoSec colleague has been up to lately. Imagine my shock when his Wikipedia page indicated that he had…

Are Social Media Bots “Good”?

– I found it really eye-opening to read Nick Bilton’s article “Phony Friends, Real Profit” which appeared on page E2 of The New York Times of November 20, 2014, and seems to be in favor of using bots to represent fakes. Either Bilton was writing with his tongue in his cheek or, if not, was…

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…

Confirmation of NSA IAM Deficiencies

– I read an article by Neil McAllister in The Register of August 30, 2013 confirming many of the suppositions that I made in my July 1, 2013 BlogInfoSec column “NSA: IAM … What IAM?” The article “NSA: NOBODY could stop Snowden—he was a SYSADMIN: Virtually unfettered access blew…

NSA: IAM … What IAM?

– Update: It has been several weeks since the Snowden leaks and, at time of writing, his every move, real and virtual, is being tracked by the media. While Snowden having access to top-secret information was mentioned briefly, as noted in this column, it wasn’t until weeks after the leaks (and…