Category Archives: Security in Popular Culture

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…

Is Risk Avoidance the Key?

– My answer to this question is a resounding “yes.” But I don’t think that is the general view of cybersecurity professionals. After all, if business, government and other organizations pursued such a course, what would remain for cybersecurity folks to do? If you avoid the risk, then you…