I’m in Barcelona, where my employer has made three announcements about our Security Development Lifecycle, which you can read about here: “SDL Announcements at TechEd EMEA.” I’m really excited about all three announcements: they represent an important step forward in helping organizations develop more secure code. But I’m most excited about the public availability of…Read More SDL Announcements
…Armed with my favorite govie (who is actually the lead on this, I’m just a straphanger), The New School of Information Security (Hi Adam and Andrew), some government policy directives, and the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, I am teaching an Information Security Management and Public Policy class for Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz School. The more…Read More Public Policy and InfoSec
Obama gave his first press conference as President-elect last Saturday. Pundits have noted his humor in responding to the urgent canine matter, but I was struck by a particular phrase used in response to a question regarding whether he’d be moving quickly to fill key cabinet positions: When we have an announcement about cabinet appointments,…Read More An early clue to the new direction?
So Obama wants a CTO for the United States. The job description: Obama will appoint the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to ensure that our government and all its agencies have the right infrastructure, policies and services for the 21st century. The CTO will ensure the safety of our networks and will lead an…Read More CTO of the United States?
The Wall St Journal covers the latest management fad in “Neatness Counts at Kyocera and at Others in the 5S Club:” 5S is a key concept of the lean manufacturing techniques that have made makers of everything from cars to candy bars more efficient. The S’s stand for sort, straighten, shine, standardize and sustain. Lately,…Read More Chaos, My Desk and Dilbert
Okay so for a long time now, I’ve been blogging as Arthur. It all started as an excuse to blog without the company I worked for at the time having to worry about anything I said being a reflection on them. Almost three years ago they were acquired by Oracle and I have long since…Read More I Was On NPR, An Unmasking of Sorts
We’ve been talking a lot lately about confirmation bias. It turns out that newspaper endorsements are more influential when they are unexpected. The degree of this influence, however, depends upon the credibility of the endorsement. In this way, endorsements for the Democratic candidate from left-leaning newspapers are less influential than are endorsements from neutral or…Read More Confirmation Bias and Newspaper Endorsements
I remember a conversation back in 1995 or 1996 with someone who described to me how the Automated ClearingHouse (ACH) for checking worked. He explained that once you had an ACH merchant account, you sent in a message of roughly the form (src, dest, amount, reason) and money got moved. I argued with him that…Read More Checking in on the Security of Chequing
It’s hard to know what to say after an election that feels so momentous in so many different ways. So, I’ll start from the simple: congratulations to Obama on being elected the 44th President of the United States. Next, let’s add some chaos here and see what emerges. So what’s on your mind? And please,…Read More It’s Morning in America
MSNBC’s live streaming internet election coverage looks like it was filmed from within Second Life. Yuck.Read More This just in!!