October 2009

Ross Anderson has a new Psychology and Security Resource Page. His abstract: A fascinating dialogue is developing between psychologists and security engineers. At the macro scale, societal overreactions to terrorism are founded on the misperception of risk and undertainty, which has deep psychological roots. At the micro scale, more and more crimes involve deception; as…

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Following the No Child Left Behind mandate to improve school quality, there has been a growing trend among state departments of education to establish statewide longitudinal databases of personally identifiable information for all K-12 children within a state in order to track progress and change over time. This trend is accompanied by a movement to…

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Jeremiah Grossman has an article in SC Magazine, “Businesses must realize that full disclosure is dead.” On Twitter, I asked for evidence, and Jerimiah responded “Evidence of what exactly?” I think the key assertion that I take issue with is bolded in the context below: Unquestionably, zero-day vulnerabilities have an increasing real-world value to many…

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Apparently, in a sovereign-in-cheeck move, the the Florida Keys have withdrawn from the United States, and declared themselves to be “The Conch Republic.” Their motto is “We seceded where others failed.” Perhaps you haven’t heard of them because they make all the good jokes, making writing about them hard. I heard about them because of…

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What good is it to know the economic value of a digital asset for the purposes of making information security decisions? If you can’t make better decisions with this information, then the metric doesn’t have any value. This post discusses alternative uses, especially threshold or sanity checks on security spending. For these purposes, it functions better as a “spotlight” than as a “razor”. Digital Asset Value has other uses, not the least to get InfoSec people to understand Business people and their priorites and vice versa.

Read More On the value of 'digital asset value' for security decisions