Category Archives: General

Solar Winds Blow Hard

– Unbelievable! But true. The enormous hack, purportedly by Russia (per Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and others), of major U.S. government agencies and the U.S.’s biggest corporations—apparently some 18,000 organizations according to the software maker—came through malware planted in updates…

CISA and Desist

– It’s an old joke: “Heads I win, tails you lose,” but it can also play out in reality. How often do cybersecurity professionals end up on the wrong side of that bet? CISOs (Chief Information Security Officers) don’t seem able to get a break. They invariably get blamed, and sometimes fired,…

Cybersecurity Lessons from the Pandemic: Protection

– To paraphrase an old saying: “One person’s prevention is another person’s protection.” This may well apply to the wearing of masks during the pandemic, the efficacy of which is still being hotly debated by some. Having gone through various iterations, the argument for wearing masks has…

Cybersecurity Lessons from the Pandemic: Prevention

– Prevention lies somewhere between avoidance and protection, and preventative methods can belong to either. For example, what is stopping outsiders from entering your country or state or town in order to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus? Some might say that is avoidance. Others might…

Cybersecurity Lessons from the Pandemic: Avoidance

– There are a number of confusing differences of opinion with respect to handling the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the confusion seems to center around a common misunderstanding of the roles of various mitigation approaches. Perhaps this is a case where those managing the pandemic could benefit from…