Category Archives: Human Elements

The Cybersecurity Paradox

– In “Our Neurotic ‘Privacy’ Paradox” by Jennifer Senior, which appeared in The New York Times of May 19, 2019, the reporter makes the following statement: “Resignation [to the loss of privacy] also explains the privacy paradox. It’s a perfectly rational response to a situation in which…

Cyberspace’s Weapons of Mass Deconstruction

– The cyberworld is replete with exhibitionists and voyeurs, facilitated by social-network (or should I say social-engineering) technologies such as those provided by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram, and others. Even seemingly staid news sources seduce the reader with teasers for titles. This…

Cybersecurity and the Government Shutdown

– I had originally thought of comparing the impact on cybersecurity of the December 2018/January 2019 35-day partial government shutdown to other forms of upheaval, bringing in references to my chapter “IAM Risks during Organizational Change and Other Forms of Major Upheaval,” in Digital…

Business-Technology Alignment

– My doctoral dissertation “The Allocation of Computing Resources in Organizations with Semi-Autonomous Users” and subsequent book “Computer Effectiveness: Bridging the Management-Technology Gap” focused on communications between information technology professionals and business management…

More Password Folly

– This is the season when we usually learn about the list of the most popular—and hence vulnerable—passwords … and this year is no exception. From evaluating “millions of leaked passwords,” Splashdata determined which were the most easily hacked. Topping the list is “123456,” followed…