So Dave Mortman wrote: I don’t disagree with Adam that we need raw data. He’s absolutely right that without it, you can’t test models. What I was trying to get at was that, even though I would absolutely love to have access to more raw data to test my own theories, it just isn’t realistic…Read More Models are Distracting
Over at the US Government IT Dashboard blog, Vivek Kundra (Federal CIO), Robert Carey (Navy CIO) and Vance Hitch (DOJ CIO) write: the evolving challenges we now face, Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) metrics need to be rationalized to focus on outcomes over compliance. Doing so will enable new and actionable insight into agencies’…Read More Security is About Outcomes, FISMA edition
So awhile back, I posted the following to twitter: Thought of the Day: We don’t need to share raw data if we can share meta-data generated using uniform analytical methodologies. Adam, disagreed: @mortman You can’t test & refine models without raw data, & you can’t ask people with the same orientation to bring diverse perspectives.…Read More Meta-Data?
There was a lot of news when Henry Lewis Gates was arrested back in July, essentially for mouthing off to a cop. What happened was a shame, but what is more of a shame is that this sort of thing isn’t that rate. Time magazine had a recent article about this, Do You Have the…Read More Gates Was Hardly An Exception
Quoting Michael Zimmer: [Yesterday was] the start of Banned Books Week 2009, the 28th annual celebration of the freedom to choose what we read, as well as the freedom to select from a full array of possibilities. Hundreds of books are challenged in schools and libraries in the United States each year. Here’s a great…Read More Happy Banned Books Week!
I had fun recording Beyond the Perimiter Episode 48 and 49 with Amrit. I think Amrit asked some of the broadest, most complex questions I’ve been asked, and it was hard to keep the episodes short. Go have a listen!Read More Podcasts with Amrit
We can all learn from this great role model, aimed at personal nutrition awareness and education: Nutritiondata.com. If only security awareness web sites were this good.Read More Visualization Friday – Beautiful, Functional, and Effective
So I saw this ad on the back of the Economist. (Click for a larger PDF). In reading it, I noticed this exhortation to “support the STANDUP act of 2009:” The STANDUP Act* (H.R. 1895) creates a National Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) law that [limits nighttime driving, reduces in-car distractions, puts a cap on the…Read More A Little Temporary Safety
Politics and power can manipulate the “ground truth data” we depend upon. Case in point: the VP residence image on Google Earth is still blurred, even though VP Dick Cheney has been out of office for almost a year. Could similar things happen in InfoSec data if it were more visible and public? You bet.Read More VP's residence is still blurred on Google Earth (political influence on data and its long shadow)
Statistically speaking, 6 out of 7 dwarves are not happy. [via zem42]Read More Metrics Abused