Category Archives: Human Elements

Is AI For, or Against, Cybersecurity?

– With the rapid proliferation of so-called AI (artificial intelligence) systems (many of which are really just rebranded expert systems), we cybersecurity professionals are confronted with two critical issues, namely: Can AI methods be used to improve the protection of our data, systems, and…

What Cyber Security Can Teach Us About Preventing Mass School Shootings

– Cyber security deals with proliferation of insecure devices at a mass scale similar to the volume of guns. Cyber and physical security have overlapping protection concepts: The scale and insights of cyber illustrate why our current debate is frozen with people arguing the same tireless points that…

Campaign Lessons Learned—Part 3: Authenticity, Authority and Access

– From the cybersecurity professionals’ point of view, identity and access management (IAM) is really all a matter of authenticity, authorization and access permissions. Similarly, if the origin of a news item or blog or comment can be traced to a provably authoritative source, then it is more…

HAL as Your Car’s Co-Pilot

– If you recall, in my BlogInfoSec column of May 2, 2016 “Lip Reading Computers … Here Comes HAL,” I described an article about how computers were being trained to lip read and immediately related it to the treacherous lip-reading computer named HAL from the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey.”…

Campaign Lessons Learned—Part 2: Big Data vs Polls

– As children, we were frequently admonished by irate adults to “Do as I say, not as I do!” whenever we questioned why we couldn’t do what they themselves did. It was often difficult to reconcile in our own minds why there should be this dichotomy. Well, examining the results of the recent…