Tag Archives: ransomware

Cybercrime’s Dark Triad

– There is a very interesting article (at least for me) by Michele Maasberg, Craig Van Slyke, Selwyn Ellis and Nicole Beebe in the December 2020 edition of the Communications of the ACM with the title “The Dark Triad and Insider Threats in Cyber Security.” The article traces “the relationship…

Malicious vs. Malevolent Software Programs

– I was recently criticized—and rightly so—for interpreting malware to mean “malevolent software” when indeed it is commonly used to mean malicious software, whereas malevolent is used to describe programs—malograms?! So, I decided to look up some definitions. Here is what I found.…

Cybersecurity Lessons from the Pandemic – Positive and Negative Feedback

– Systems use negative feedback in order to converge to stability and equilibrium (a positive quest). Positive-feedback systems diverge, which leads to instability and sometimes surging out of control (usually a negative outcome). Negative feedback inhibits and positive feedback amplifies. Each has…

The Massive Shift to Cyber Crime

– There is a cartoon in The New Yorker of March 30, 2020 showing four mobsters, one with a gun, sitting around a table. The caption reads: “For health and safety reasons, we’ll be transitioning to cyber crime.” You can see the cartoon at https://www.newyorker.com/cartoon/a24009 No kidding! The…

Cybersecurity Lessons from the Pandemic: Metrics and Decision-Making

– We have discussed previously, such as in my May 18, 2020 BlogInfoSec column, some of the more challenging characteristics of data, such as those relating to value and uncertainty, which are generally not given adequate consideration. This is because these types of data may be much more costly and…