Category Archives: Security in Popular Culture

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…

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…

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 1: Email Security

– Author’s note: This is the first of several columns about lessons that should have been learned from cybersecurity mistakes and nefarious activities that dominated, and likely changed the outcome of the 2016 presidential campaign. If there is one outstanding cybersecurity lesson that the U.S.…

Alleged Russian Hacks … Is This Cybersecurity’s Tipping Point?

– The Washington Post, in a December 9, 2016 article “Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House” by Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller, leaked a CIA report claiming that the Russians had manipulated the U.S. election by hacking into both Democratic and…