March 2009

I suspect at least some EC readers will be interested in the Call for Papers for Metricon 4.0, to be held in Montreal, August 11. Metricon 4 – The Importance of Context MetriCon 4.0 is intended as a forum for lively, practical discussion in the area of security metrics. It is a forum for quantifiable…

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The BBC reports that the UK Local Government Association has a new banned words list, including our favorite, “best practices.” Andrew asked me in email if this was a best practice, and I wrote back: Does it pass the seven whys test? Why did they ban the phrase? Because it’s meaningless business speak Why is…

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The Daily Beast has a fascinating article that is a tell-all from a Madoff employee. I blinked as I read: The employee learned the salaries of his colleagues when he secretly obtained a document listing them. “A senior computer programmer would make $350,000, where in most comparable firms they would be getting $200,000 to $250,000….”…

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March 15-21 is “Sunshine Week“, a government transparency initiative described by its main proponents as a national initiative to open a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include print, broadcast and online news media, civic groups, libraries, non-profits, schools and others interested in the public’s right to know. The…

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