August 2008

The Economist has a short but great overview on crisis management. The article is well worth reading completely, but there is one section that bears highlighting: Be well prepared in advance. Potential members of a crisis management “team” should rehearse how they would manage the impact of an incident. It is a bit like learning…

Read More Disaster Recovery Drills Aren't Just For IT

Ryan Singel reports at 27B/6: The TSA was keeping the names of people who lost their wallets and needed to fly — even after ascertaining their identity and determining they were not a threat and could board a plane. It stored these names in a shared threat database. Then it decided that it won’t store…

Read More We're all in it together

Over at “The Security Practice,” Michael Barrett writes about “Firefox 3.0 and self-signed certificates.” Neither he or I are representing our respective employers. …almost everyone who wants to communicate securely using a browser can afford an SSL certificate from CAs such as GoDaddy, Thawte, etc. The cost of single certificates from these sources can only…

Read More Certifiably Silly

His book, Applied Security Visualization, is now out: Last Tuesday when I arrived at BlackHat, I walked straight up to the book store. And there it was! I held it in my hands for the first time. I have to say, it was a really emotional moment. Seeing the product of 1.5 years of work…

Read More Congratulations to Raffy!

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is to be removed from U.S. terrorism watch lists under a bill President Bush signed Tuesday… The bill gives the State Department and the Homeland Security Department the authority to waive restrictions against ANC members. This demonstrates that greater scrutiny must be placed on the decisions about who gets…

Read More Watchlist Cleaning Law

The Paper of Record has a hilarious article, “Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading?” which asks important questions about what Those Darn Kids are doing — spending their time using a mixture of hot media and cold media delivered to them over the internets. I’ll get right to the point before I start ridiculing…

Read More This Is Not Writing; You Are Not Reading