Tag Archives: breaches

Cybersecurity vs. Convenience

– We have long recognized that adhering to stringent cybersecurity policy is not convenient for those who use systems that incorporate strong security methods. But how does convenience compare in value to the high costs and tiresome burdens emanating from security breaches, many of which could have…

At Last! A Reporter Who Understands Cybersecurity

– We are bombarded with TV news, newspaper articles, blogs, comments, and the like, about cybersecurity. Most reporters seem to be in awe of the attackers (sophisticated criminals and nation states, for the most part) and sympathetic to the victims. After all, so it goes, the attackers are so clever…

The Security of Fools

– No, I’m NOT saying that security professionals are fools … far from it. But many of the folks whom they serve may well be overconfident in their judgments about security. Overconfidence in the face of undisputable evidence to the contrary is described in Daniel Kahneman’s article “The…

Do Security Professionals Create Security Breaches?

– “ … you’re either part of the solution or you’re part of the problem.” Eldridge Cleaver, 1968 The explanation for the 1000 point drop and bungee rebound in the Dow Jones on May 6, 2010 has been, and continues to be, the object of much scrutiny. Many explanations and combinations thereof…

Insider Threat – Not Knowing That You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

– In my column “All the Way from RSA,” posted on April 5, 2010, I refer to the article “France Got Stolen HSBC Data” by Deborah Ball and David Gauthier-Villars in the Money and Investing section of The Wall Street Journal published on March 12, 2010. Not only does this appear to be a case of…