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The (Sorry) State of Application Security

– In January 2011, research firm Forrester Consulting published a report, which was commissioned by Microsoft, with the title “State of Application Security: Immature Practices Fuel Inefficiencies, But Positive ROI Is Attainable.” The report is available for download at…

Privacy? What Privacy?

– It is unusual for the popular (as opposed to technical) press and particularly for The Wall Street Journal to publish a multipart series on the topic of privacy. But the WSJ did it in “What They Know: A Wall Street Journal Investigation” And I think they did a pretty good job. You can find the…

Securing the Web – Dream On

– There are times when a reasonable person might have doubts about their views on a particular topic, especially when so few others appear to advocate the same drastic measures as oneself. So imagine my surprise and sense of validation when I attended a presentation by Roel Schouwenberg, who is a…

Bill Gates, Facebook and Privacy Controls

– While in India this week, Bill Gates made the following comment: He admitted that he once had a Facebook page, but every day “ten thousand people tried to be my friend.” He said he spent too much time trying to decide “Do I know them? Don’t I know them?” Ultimately, he said, “I had to…

Are System Monocultures More or Less Secure? Yes!

– About five years ago, in the fall of 2003, there appeared on-line a controversial report with the (what proved to be) incendiary title “CyberInsecurity: The Cost of Monopoly.” It is still available at http://www.ccianet.org/papers/cyberinsecurity.pdf The authors were, and still are,…