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Tag Archives: open source software

Coding? OK … But Security? Ha!

– Bloomberg Businessweek did something amazing. It devoted an entire double issue (June 5-28, 2015) to computer programming. Paul Ford’s 38,000-word essay “The Code Issue” describes the origins and history of computer programming and programming languages with the intention of educating those…

The Threat of Artificial Intelligence

– In a recent column I argued that general columnists, such as David Brooks, don’t understand enough about certain technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), to assess their impact properly. As a result AI is considered by the general public to be much more benign than some technologists…

Heartbleed, Open Source, and Internet Security

– On page A5 of the April 24, 2014 issue of The Wall Street Journal, there is a full page “Paid Advertisement” with the title “Internet Security and Heartbleed.” The ad, which is in the form of a letter from Klaus Brandstätter, CEO of software company HOB, touts HOB-SSL as a replacement for…

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…

Is Software Disposal a Security Issue?

– I’ve done a fair amount of work on DLP (Data Leakage Protection), a major goal of which is ensuring that data media do not contain sensitive personal and intellectual property when they are thrown out. Approaches to achieving this include wiping out (overwriting or degaussing) electromagnetic…