Security


Edit: Picture is not reflective of anything… I just thought it was funny. I came across an article in my feedly (yes, I use feedly – mock all you want, but I like the interface) about Let’s Encrypt.  If you haven’t heard about Let’s Encrypt, it’s a certificate authority – a free, automated one that gives X.509 certs for use to secure TLS sites.  SSL too I suppose, but let’s assume...

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There’s an interesting article over at Silicon Republic saying that Ransomware is the best problem that the security industry has had in decades.  There are a few things I don’t exactly love about this article — but there was enough of a seed there that I thought was useful to devote some time responding to it. First of all, what I don’t like.  First, the article is a bit on the fluffy side.  No offense to them...

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So today we got news that the US GSA has removed Kaspersky from the approved list of technology vendors for which US government agencies can procure technology.  This, as you might imagine limits in turn agencies from procuring and deploying Kaspersky products. Why did they get removed?  Well, the argument is that Kaspersky is based in Russia.  And there have long been rumors that they are closely affiliated with Russian intelligence...

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So I’ve commented on this before, but it seemed like a good time to recap.  As you know, we’re starting to get more information about the (ahem) “situation” that transpired in the 2016 US presidential election.  As of now, we know that: Voting machine manufacturers were targeted and compromised 21 states were targeted for systematic attack during the election process Voter registration records were compromised...

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HBR has a great article up from a few days ago: “The Behavioral Economics of Why Executives Underinvest in Cybersecurity.” It’s an interesting read. If you’re too lazy or swamped to go read it, the gist is that natural human biases are such that the default state of behavior when it comes to investing in security is below that which is required to meet real-world risks.  For example, since we don’t always...

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So I totally had another topic entirely queued up for the day… and then I noticed Bitcoin.  Have you noticed that BTC is trading at 2445?  This is down from SUNDAY where it was over 3k.  ETH is actually doing worse percentage-wise – at least today ($337.47, down about 15% on the day). This is major. And, if you think I’m being overly flip, I call your attention to the fact that I had holdings at Mt....

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