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Category Archives: software engineering

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…

Cybersecurity is Failing … per Spafford

– Eugene Spafford, who is the highly-regarded executive director of the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) at Purdue University, is well known for his outspokenness. This trait again came to the fore in a June 24, 2014 article “Security Expert:…

The “Patch and Pray” Approach to Cybersecurity

– On the front page of The New York Times of August 6, 2014, Nicole Perlroth and David Gelles published an article “Russian Hackers Steal Passwords of Billion Users: Data Still Vulnerable – 420,000 Sites, Big and Small, Were Targets, Firm Says.” Usually I wait a week to two or even a month or…

CISOs Are Like Sheep to the Slaughter

– It took almost 10 years, but my claim that the role of the CISO is to take the blame when something goes awry, even if only marginally attributable to information security, goes awry has at last been substantially validated. Let’s scroll back to December 2004. I was a member of a panel of…