Category Archives: General

Cybersecurity Fails … Government Not Keeping Up

– I was reading Andrew Ross Sorkin’s article “Flying Taxis, New Exciting Stealth Mode” on the front page of Business Day in the March 13, 2018 New York Times (more about that later) when I noticed (in the adjacent column … an advantage of reading the paper version) an article by Ben…

Crossing Privacy’s Red Line

– Recent revelations about the exfiltration of the personal data of some 50 million Facebook users and the use of the data by Cambridge Analytica to influence the 2016 presidential election have dominated the news. While I did not anticipate the egregiousness of what may have actually been done, I…

Cybersecurity vs. Convenience

– We have long recognized that adhering to stringent cybersecurity policy is not convenient for those who use systems that incorporate strong security methods. But how does convenience compare in value to the high costs and tiresome burdens emanating from security breaches, many of which could have…

Privacy Losses Led to Secrecy Fails

– In yet another example of damaging unintended consequences, we learned that connecting your Fitbit or other fitness device, or indeed any Internet-connectable device (even a pacemaker!) will likely reveal your location. Much of the time that may not be so important, although disclosing your…

Did NIST Plagiarize My Security-Privacy Venn Diagram?

– .. or did I copy theirs? Or did someone else come up with it before either of us did? Nowadays, it’s really hard, if not impossible, to determine which came first. All I know is that the Venn diagram, which shows the intersection between privacy and security, and which is Figure 1 in my article…