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Algorithms and Risk Profiling

– I had begun this column a couple of months ago, but was diverted to other topics. What brought me back to the subject was a column by Sheelah Kolhatkar with the title “Higher Mathematics – Algorithm Blues” in “The Talk of the Town” section of The New Yorker of October 10, 2016. The…

Facebook Fallibility—Algorithms vs. Judgment vs. Ourselves

– A front page article in the May 21, 2016 issue of The New York Times, by Mike Isaac has the title “At Facebook, Human Backup for Algorithms Proved Fallible.” The article describes how a team of Facebook leaders discussed how to “use human judgment to make algorithms better at finding news on…

Is Your Hash Going Stale?

– Every good security program has a process for regularly reviewing its technical security controls for things like adequacy and correctness of operation. But one area of controls that is often overlooked is that of cryptographic hash functions. Sure, the key lengths used for your cryptographic…