Category Archives: Privacy

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…

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…

Orwellian Behavioral Economics and Privacy Risk

– Recently, I have been looking into behavioral economics. I strongly believe that conclusions from research in this area might well be applicable and contribute significantly to our understanding of cybersecurity risk management. The underlying premise of behavioral economics, which arose from the…

Privacy and the Sharing Economy

– In a previous column, I mentioned a talk with the title “Cybersecurity Challenges of Systems-of-Systems for Fully-Automated Road Vehicles,” which I delivered on November 8, 2017 at the 2017 CEWIT (Center of Excellence Wireless and Information Technology) Conference in Stony Brook, New York. In…

Is Secrecy Over?

– Is this not an incredible question? We’ve been bombarded over the past couple of decades with numerous cases of privacy compromise. But secrecy! Is nothing sacred anymore? Not if you read the November 12, 2017 New York Times article “Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A.…